Why support VSO?
Treatable conditions are costing babies their lives
In recent years, there has been huge progress in Ethiopia. Birth and pregnancy are getting safer, but there is still a long way to go.
Every year in Ethiopia, over 80,000 mums have their worst fear realised.
Shortages in trained doctors and nurses, poor facilities and a lack of equipment mean babies are still dying from preventable causes.
But there is an answer.
Meet the answer
With your support, VSO can continue to make an investment in Ethiopia that goes beyond equipment and the four walls of a health centre.
We know these things are important, in fact, we've helped to open 47 neonatal intensive care units across the country.
But when electricity fails and equipment stops working, a team's knowledge could be the only thing that prevents a mother from losing their baby, or their life.
That’s why VSO volunteers are training nurses and midwives like Tsige, equipping them with skills they’ll use for years to come. Skills they will pass on to others to improve the chances for babies not yet conceived.
Putting lifesaving techniques into action
When baby Tarik arrived at the Mulu Asefa hospital, in the highlands of Ethiopia, he was tiny, premature and icy cold. He weighed only 900g.
Thanks to Sarika’s training, the team knew to act quickly and warm him up. They used a piece of equipment they had improvised, designed to run without the need for electricity, to keep his airways open.
"Because I gave birth at just 7 months, I didn’t think the baby would survive. But thanks to the treatment he has received from the team here, he is healthy. I am so happy."
With your support, VSO volunteers could provide more hospitals with the vital skills and equipment they need to give babies a fighting chance at life.
Help save more babies like Tarik by donating today.
Source: United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UNICEF, WHO, United Nations Population Division and the World Bank).