Safe Birth Campaign

While safe births may seem a given to us in the UK, elsewhere in the world a woman dies in childbirth every 2 minutes. In rural Africa, both women and newborns are at risk on a daily basis, with no choice but to give birth on a dirt floor far away from hospitals or trained staff.

Emerge Poverty Free is working in partnership with URICT Uganda to combat this, saving the lives of mothers and babies with our Safe Birth project. As part of our campaign, we are raising vital funds to save lives by training community midwives and equipping them with bikes, allowing them to reach women in rural villages and deliver their baby safely. We also distribute Safe Mama Kits, containing soap, gloves and a clean sheet to provide hygienic conditions to give birth, even at home on a dirt floor, costing only £3 to reduce the risk of developing a deadly infection by 80%. These, paired with antenatal classes involving both parents and preparing them for the birth, gives the woman a stronger support network while encouraging safe delivery. Although only using simple methods, our work is already having a huge impact: the death rate of newborns has been halved over 18 months. But our work is only just beginning.

Follow our Humans of Safe Birth Campaign to learn the real life stories of people we’ve helped.

Donate now as part of our Christmas Appeal, or get involved with the campaign in other ways!

Contact steph@emergepovertyfree.org for ideas to help us raise awareness or fundraise. Or to become part of our Student Ambassador Scheme click here

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