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Around the world, approximately 800 women die every day from birth-related injuries such as fistula. More than half of these are in sub-Saharan Africa. The Barbara May Foundation funds projects that provide dignity and safety for underprivileged women in birth.

Established in 2009, the Barbara May Foundation (BMF) provides funding to Australian medical professionals Valerie Browning AM and Dr Andrew Browning AM initiating and managing projects in remote East Africa (Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Northern Uganda) that relieve the high incidence of death and extreme injury such as fistula in pregnancy and childbirth. They provide safety, dignity and hope. Maternal healthcare and medical services are provided at no cost, regardless of race or religion.

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We are so excited that our $100k target for the Afar Desert Famine Appeal has already been reached—one week early!! We are extremely grateful to you for responding to our calls to support these women and children that need help the most. 

As we have reached our target, we have officially closed the Appeal, but if you would still like to donate to the Barbara May Foundation please see link in the bio.
 #barbaramayfoundation  #áfrica #fistularepair

We are so excited that our $100k target for the Afar Desert Famine Appeal has already been reached—one week early!! We are extremely grateful to you for responding to our calls to support these women and children that need help the most.

As we have reached our target, we have officially closed the Appeal, but if you would still like to donate to the Barbara May Foundation please see link in the bio.
#barbaramayfoundation #áfrica #fistularepair
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🏔️ Team BMF's Journey to the Summit of Kilimanjaro & Beyond! 

As Team BMF gears up for the monumental challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, we're on the verge of reaching our fundraising target of $25,000! 
This adventure is more than a climb; it's a mission to make a difference. 💖
But that's not all - the excitement continues beyond the climb! Our team will have the incredible opportunity to visit the Kivulini Maternity Centre in Arusha, Tanzania, alongside Dr Andrew Browning. This visit will allow us to witness firsthand the life-changing work of the Foundation, further fueling our passion and purpose for this challenge.
🙏 A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has donated so far. Your support and generosity have not only inspired our team but have also brought us closer to our goal. Your contributions are making a real difference!
🌟 It's not too late to join this cause! To make a donation, please visit our fundraising page: https://barbaramaykilichallenge2024.gofundraise.com.au/... Let's make every step count!

Together, we're climbing for a cause, ready to face the challenge and make a lasting impact. 
 #TeamBMF #KilimanjaroChallenge2024 #MakingADifference #barbaramayfoundation @the.midwife.life.ethiopia

🏔️ Team BMF`s Journey to the Summit of Kilimanjaro & Beyond!

As Team BMF gears up for the monumental challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, we`re on the verge of reaching our fundraising target of $25,000!
This adventure is more than a climb; it`s a mission to make a difference. 💖
But that`s not all - the excitement continues beyond the climb! Our team will have the incredible opportunity to visit the Kivulini Maternity Centre in Arusha, Tanzania, alongside Dr Andrew Browning. This visit will allow us to witness firsthand the life-changing work of the Foundation, further fueling our passion and purpose for this challenge.
🙏 A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has donated so far. Your support and generosity have not only inspired our team but have also brought us closer to our goal. Your contributions are making a real difference!
🌟 It`s not too late to join this cause! To make a donation, please visit our fundraising page: https://barbaramaykilichallenge2024.gofundraise.com.au/... Let`s make every step count!

Together, we`re climbing for a cause, ready to face the challenge and make a lasting impact.
#TeamBMF #KilimanjaroChallenge2024 #MakingADifference #barbaramayfoundation @the.midwife.life.ethiopia
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The Barbara May Foundation warmly welcomes Mr Edward (Ted) Kerr OAM as its new Board Chair. 

 

With his expertise in Not For Profit board leadership (including previously serving as the Chair of Opportunity International Australia), following a distinguished career in professional services, Ted is well placed to lead the Barbara May Foundation into the future. 

 

Ted is excited to be working with the Board to lead the Foundation into its next phase of growth. 

 
We extend our thanks, with much gratitude, for the service of Mr Michael Sharpe AO, our outgoing Chair who served for over 12 years. 

During Michael’s tenure, the Foundation has grown exponentially to support 5 hospital projects throughout East Africa, with all of these projects taking shape during Michael’s time as Chair of the Board. 

At Michael’s final board meeting in February 2024, the Board paid tribute to his legacy as Chair, thanking him for his wisdom, steady leadership, and love and care for the women of Africa. 

 #barbaramayfoundation

The Barbara May Foundation warmly welcomes Mr Edward (Ted) Kerr OAM as its new Board Chair.



With his expertise in Not For Profit board leadership (including previously serving as the Chair of Opportunity International Australia), following a distinguished career in professional services, Ted is well placed to lead the Barbara May Foundation into the future.



Ted is excited to be working with the Board to lead the Foundation into its next phase of growth.


We extend our thanks, with much gratitude, for the service of Mr Michael Sharpe AO, our outgoing Chair who served for over 12 years.

During Michael’s tenure, the Foundation has grown exponentially to support 5 hospital projects throughout East Africa, with all of these projects taking shape during Michael’s time as Chair of the Board.

At Michael’s final board meeting in February 2024, the Board paid tribute to his legacy as Chair, thanking him for his wisdom, steady leadership, and love and care for the women of Africa.

#barbaramayfoundation
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The Board of the Barbara May Foundation is delighted to welcome Karen Baker as its General Manager. She has a long held passion for helping the people of Africa and especially supporting women’s health. 

Karen comes with deep experience in major gift fundraising, most recently at the Hunter Medical Research Institute. She has expertise in not-for-profit general management (previously running a national arts organisation) and board governance, serving on a number of committees and NFP boards. 

Karen is excited to be joining BMF and working closely with Medical Director, Dr Andrew Browning AM and the Board. 

#barbaramayfoundation

The Board of the Barbara May Foundation is delighted to welcome Karen Baker as its General Manager. She has a long held passion for helping the people of Africa and especially supporting women’s health.

Karen comes with deep experience in major gift fundraising, most recently at the Hunter Medical Research Institute. She has expertise in not-for-profit general management (previously running a national arts organisation) and board governance, serving on a number of committees and NFP boards.

Karen is excited to be joining BMF and working closely with Medical Director, Dr Andrew Browning AM and the Board.

#barbaramayfoundation
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UPDATE: AFAR DESERT FAMINE APPEAL 

We are so thankful for the generous and immediate response we received to our request in January seeking help to alleviate the devastating impact of the famine in the Afar desert in Ethiopia. 

We are excited to announce your generosity has raised more than $70,000, including the $10,000 matching pledge! This is an incredible result as we aim towards our $100,000 target! 

We are grateful for your compassion to the women and the families most in need at this time. 

The famine continues and the need is still immediate. The government and UN are yet to respond to this crisis, so we ask that you help us reach our goal of $100,000 by the end of February. 

Please donate before the end of February. Link in bio and select 'Emergency relief for women affected by famine' 

 #barbaramayfoundation #african  #fistula

UPDATE: AFAR DESERT FAMINE APPEAL

We are so thankful for the generous and immediate response we received to our request in January seeking help to alleviate the devastating impact of the famine in the Afar desert in Ethiopia.

We are excited to announce your generosity has raised more than $70,000, including the $10,000 matching pledge! This is an incredible result as we aim towards our $100,000 target!

We are grateful for your compassion to the women and the families most in need at this time.

The famine continues and the need is still immediate. The government and UN are yet to respond to this crisis, so we ask that you help us reach our goal of $100,000 by the end of February.

Please donate before the end of February. Link in bio and select `Emergency relief for women affected by famine`

#barbaramayfoundation #african #fistula
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Meet Birtukan, who lives outside Barhirdar. During her fifth pregnancy her baby was dangerously small. Thankfully, she had been attending the clinic in the BMF sponsored hospital in town. 
During this time, severe fighting broke out around her village as part of a protracted conflict where hundreds were killed by armed forces. With transport cut off Birtukan was in early labour. She walked through the night with armed forces around, desperate to get help to deliver her baby safely. She made it to the hospital in time to be cared for appropriately and a live baby girl was delivered by our dedicated staff, who fearlessly manned the hospital during this dangerous time.

To help women like Birtukan click here: see link in the bio

 #barbaramayfoundation #africa #maternalhealth #fistulasurgery #Fistula

Meet Birtukan, who lives outside Barhirdar. During her fifth pregnancy her baby was dangerously small. Thankfully, she had been attending the clinic in the BMF sponsored hospital in town.
During this time, severe fighting broke out around her village as part of a protracted conflict where hundreds were killed by armed forces. With transport cut off Birtukan was in early labour. She walked through the night with armed forces around, desperate to get help to deliver her baby safely. She made it to the hospital in time to be cared for appropriately and a live baby girl was delivered by our dedicated staff, who fearlessly manned the hospital during this dangerous time.

To help women like Birtukan click here: see link in the bio

#barbaramayfoundation #africa #maternalhealth #fistulasurgery #Fistula
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Meet Boui, 16, who lives in remote South Sudan. The young married bride had her first pregnancy and went into labour, however, after four days in labour her family were eventually persuaded to take her to the mission hospital several hours away. On arrival, Boui was barely alive, but Dr Marianna and the staff of the Catholic mission hospital resuscitated her, delivered her stillborn child, and helped her recover from overwhelming infection and blood loss. However, she had sustained a fistula, which resulted in leaking urine and weakness.  Plans were made to send Boui to Juba for life-changing surgery. 
Read Boui's whole story by clicking link in bio
 #barbaramayfoundation #africa #maternalhealth #fistulasurgery

Meet Boui, 16, who lives in remote South Sudan. The young married bride had her first pregnancy and went into labour, however, after four days in labour her family were eventually persuaded to take her to the mission hospital several hours away. On arrival, Boui was barely alive, but Dr Marianna and the staff of the Catholic mission hospital resuscitated her, delivered her stillborn child, and helped her recover from overwhelming infection and blood loss. However, she had sustained a fistula, which resulted in leaking urine and weakness. Plans were made to send Boui to Juba for life-changing surgery.
Read Boui`s whole story by clicking link in bio
#barbaramayfoundation #africa #maternalhealth #fistulasurgery
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Meet Nembris who lives in remote Tanzania.  Nembris is the second wife of her husband's four wives. Thirty years ago, on her fifth pregnancy she struggled in labour at home, eventually delivering a stillborn child after four days of labour. She also sustained a fistula. Unaware that she could get treatment, Nembris lived like this for three decades, shunned by all except her children and rarely venturing far from her hut. Remarkably she only lived 20km away from BMF sponsored Kivulini hospital in Arusha, Tanzania. 
Find out how you can help The Barbara May Foundation continue their work to help women like Nembris by clicking the link in the bio.

 #africa #fistulasurgery #Fistula #maternityafrica #barbaramayfoundation

Meet Nembris who lives in remote Tanzania. Nembris is the second wife of her husband`s four wives. Thirty years ago, on her fifth pregnancy she struggled in labour at home, eventually delivering a stillborn child after four days of labour. She also sustained a fistula. Unaware that she could get treatment, Nembris lived like this for three decades, shunned by all except her children and rarely venturing far from her hut. Remarkably she only lived 20km away from BMF sponsored Kivulini hospital in Arusha, Tanzania.
Find out how you can help The Barbara May Foundation continue their work to help women like Nembris by clicking the link in the bio.

#africa #fistulasurgery #Fistula #maternityafrica #barbaramayfoundation
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We had great excitement at our new hospital site in Chamwino, central Tanzania this week. 

Like the site for the Kworo Sonic Healthcare Foundation Hospital, the new hospital in Uganda, Chamwino is a dry, arid area and of course it's impossible to have a hospital without water. The first step with any new site is to secure a good water supply. We drilled and struck water at 130m! 

We are very thankful and it's one more step towards being able to start construction on this new hospital in 2024.

www.barbaramayfoundation.com
 #barbaramayfoundation #maternalhealth #africa #tanzania

We had great excitement at our new hospital site in Chamwino, central Tanzania this week.

Like the site for the Kworo Sonic Healthcare Foundation Hospital, the new hospital in Uganda, Chamwino is a dry, arid area and of course it`s impossible to have a hospital without water. The first step with any new site is to secure a good water supply. We drilled and struck water at 130m!

We are very thankful and it`s one more step towards being able to start construction on this new hospital in 2024.

www.barbaramayfoundation.com
#barbaramayfoundation #maternalhealth #africa #tanzania
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This photo shows the land on which our new hospital in Chamwino, Dodoma Tanzania, the 6th hospital in the Barbara May Foundation network, will be built.  It’s in an area of Tanzania that has a high rate of maternal deaths and injury, including fistula.
Our vision is to create a purpose-built maternity and fistula hospital on this land where we want this beautiful tree to be the centrepiece of the hospital courtyard - a symbol of welcome, rest and shelter. 
We anticipate building works will begin in 2024 and will provide much needed maternal healthcare to the thousands of women living in and around the Dodoma district.
Please help us. By supporting our Christmas campaign, you will be helping us purchase the fencing needed to secure the land and assets for the new Chamwino hospital and thereby directly contributing to the life-changing work that takes place in our hospitals. 
Here’s how you can make a difference:
1.	Donate: Your generous contribution will go towards the cost of purchasing and installing the fencing around the hospital site. Visit our website to make a secure donation and be a part of this impactful initiative.

2.	Share our mission: Help us spread the word by sharing this post with your network. Together, we can reach more people and make an even bigger impact.

3.	Follow our journey: Stay updated on the progress of our campaign and the inspiring stories of the women whose lives we’re changing. Join our e-mail list for concise quarterly updates on how your support is making a real difference. 
With your support, we can restore hope and dignity for women and mothers in Tanzania. Thank you for being part of our mission.

Donate securely with link in the bio.

 #barbaramayfoundation #africa #maternalhealth #Fistula #fistulasurgery #seasonofgiving  #tanzania

This photo shows the land on which our new hospital in Chamwino, Dodoma Tanzania, the 6th hospital in the Barbara May Foundation network, will be built. It’s in an area of Tanzania that has a high rate of maternal deaths and injury, including fistula.
Our vision is to create a purpose-built maternity and fistula hospital on this land where we want this beautiful tree to be the centrepiece of the hospital courtyard - a symbol of welcome, rest and shelter.
We anticipate building works will begin in 2024 and will provide much needed maternal healthcare to the thousands of women living in and around the Dodoma district.
Please help us. By supporting our Christmas campaign, you will be helping us purchase the fencing needed to secure the land and assets for the new Chamwino hospital and thereby directly contributing to the life-changing work that takes place in our hospitals.
Here’s how you can make a difference:
1. Donate: Your generous contribution will go towards the cost of purchasing and installing the fencing around the hospital site. Visit our website to make a secure donation and be a part of this impactful initiative.

2. Share our mission: Help us spread the word by sharing this post with your network. Together, we can reach more people and make an even bigger impact.

3. Follow our journey: Stay updated on the progress of our campaign and the inspiring stories of the women whose lives we’re changing. Join our e-mail list for concise quarterly updates on how your support is making a real difference.
With your support, we can restore hope and dignity for women and mothers in Tanzania. Thank you for being part of our mission.

Donate securely with link in the bio.

#barbaramayfoundation #africa #maternalhealth #Fistula #fistulasurgery #seasonofgiving #tanzania
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