Blog posts about Health
Is volunteering the key to tackling health inequality?
Health worker shortages mean people in many countries where VSO works can't access quality care when they need it. Here, people with specialist health skills can make a huge impact. VSO volunteers from across the world are sharing skills and saving lives, helping tackle health inequality.
I’m ready to be a mother now
Susan Ayam beams over her beautiful baby girl Fortunate, who is just two months old. It’s a grateful smile because Fortunate has truly earned her name. When she was only six months pregnant, Susan’s baby literally ‘fell out’.
New mums share joy from the labour ward
VSO volunteers are working in the Lira regional referral hospitals in Uganda to improve services and ensure newborns and their mothers get the best possible care. In the antenatal ward, three women share their experiences.
13 beautiful pictures of mothers and babies
Around the world we're working to save the lives of mothers and newborn babies. Here are some of our most beautiful pictures.
When Ebola hit Sierra Leone in 2014, nearly 5,000 people died of the highly contagious disease. During the crisis, the mountain village of Charlotte in western Sierra Leone stayed free from infection thanks to their vigilance with regards to hygiene. A Water Aid and VSO project fixed a local well that helped to spare the community from the virus.
My premature baby wouldn’t have survived
Gloria Amongi, from Uganda, is 22 and mother to three girls. The youngest, Katusabe, was born four months early by C-section after Gloria was in an accident whilst travelling to get malaria treatment. She would not have survived without the neonatal unit at Lira Regional Referral Hospital.
A mother always remembers her midwife
At the overrun and busy labour ward in Lira Regional Referral Hospital, Uganda, volunteer Gudrun Witt is working with students, midwives and doctors to make the birthing process safer for women. Gudrun tells her story.
“I believe in justice. That’s why I never compromise on rape”
One in three women worldwide has experienced violence or assault. In Sierra Leone, VSO is supporting survivors to seek justice, together with local partner FINE SALON. Police Inspector Eunice Ina May explains the traditional patriarchal attitudes that she says caused GBV to be normalised in the past.
How one widowed grandma traded her way out of poverty
Maria Jacinto relied on her husband's income from the mines to feed herself and her family. When she became a widow, life was plunged into uncertainty. Maria went from widow to breadwinner and turned her family's fortunes around.
After Ebola. Sierra Leone’s abandoned treatment centres
The abandoned Ebola Treatment Centre at Makeni was one of a handful of centres in Sierra Leone built to contain and treat the deadly Ebola disease. Now it's a skeleton site left to ruin, containing nothing but discarded rubbish and echoes of the plague it was built to fight.