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Between a miracle and a nightmare

In Sierra Leone there’s a severe shortage of essential equipment to make birth safe. Too many mothers and babies are dying needlessly.

Women in Sierra Leone are 100 times more likely to die during childbirth than those in the UK.  

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Sharing skills saves lives  

Andrew Sesay is a Community Health Officer trained by VSO.

“Last week we had a baby that didn’t cry after delivery. I’ve been taught by VSO volunteers how to resuscitate a newborn, so I knew what to do. The baby lived and I felt so happy’’.

Many mothers and babies in Sierra Leone are not so lucky.​ 

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Sources

  • Sierra Leone is the most dangerous country to give birth: WHO (2015)
  • Women in Sierra Leone are 100 times more likely to die during childbirth than those in the UK: World Bank (combined sources, 2015)
  • In Sierra Leone One in 23 women die in pregnancy and childbirth: Unicef