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Providing lifesaving maternal healthcare in regional and remote Africa

Around the world, approximately 800 women die every day from birth-related injuries. 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. Running projects in regional and remote Africa (Tanzania, Ethiopia and South Sudan) that relieve the high incidence of death and extreme injury 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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“The regional health bureau of Amhara gave Dr Birhanu and me this blue tin shed to convert into a maternity hospital. It was the zonal health department office for a population of seven million, but the Barbara May Foundation put it to better use, caring for around 2000 women a year. Not a single woman has died there. We converted the larger office at the end into an operating theatre.” Excerpt from A Doctor in Africa.

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“Operating on a fistula patient in Bahir Dar. I use this photo in my training lectures, telling students, ‘You can teach a monkey how to do this.’” Excerpt from A Doctor in Africa.
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Phoebe is only 12-years-old, and although she doesn't have a fistula caused by childbirth, she has lived like a fistula patient all her young life due to an abnormality she was born with whereby the kidneys drain to the outside rather than to her bladder. Leaking urine continually, teased, pushed aside, she has never known a minute when she was dry and didn't smell until just a few days ago when she underwent successful repair surgery in Uganda at our BMF-partnership hospital in Kitovu at the fistula camp where all the surgeries are provide free-of-charge for women in need. Her health and dignity returned, Phoebe’s smile is growing day by day. www.barbaramayfoundation.com #fistularepair #fistula #africa ...

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The fistula camp underway at Kitovu Mission Hospital near Masaka in Uganda has seen more than 80 women come for treatment. Pictured here are some of the women who have already received or are about to receive surgery. Those cured are dancing rather enthusiastically for joy - and testing their repairs – which we are happy to report, stood up to the dancing! It is such a privilege to be part of a great team that is returning freedom and dignity to these women who have suffered for so long. www.barbaramayfoundation.com #barbaramayfoundation #savethemothersavetheworld #fistularepair #safebirth #africa ...

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A land that time forgot: “Our hometown in Bahir Dar rests on the shore of Lake Tana. It’s the only place in the world where boasts made of papyrus reeds are still used, having been made popular by the Egyptians some 5000 years ago. They come in handy to deliver meat from the butcher (alive).”
Excerpt from A Doctor in Africa
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It takes many to make a difference - “Ato Negash and Dr Birhanu ran the fistula hospital with me but also saw the need to improve maternal health care and prevent fistula. We sponsored him through medical school and he’s now the medical director of our maternity hospital in Bahir Dat. Ato Negash joined more recently as the manager.” Excerpt from A Doctor in Africa.
You can read the inspiring story on the evolution of the Foundation, which is funding programs that are changing lives in Africa, in Dr Andrew’s book - A Doctor in Africa. Available in bookstores, online or order it via the Foundation for $34.99 plus postage (about $10). Email info@barbaramayfoundation.com. All royalties go to the Foundation. #adoctorinafrica #barbaramayfoundation #fistularepair #africa #safebirth #savethemothersavetheworld
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“A typical village scene in the Afar desert of Ethiopia. The family sleep in their domed hut called a Deboita. It’s made of mats woven with palm fronds secured over a frame of bent sticks. The locust plague of 2020 devoured many houses leaving families no food and no house.” Excerpt from A Doctor in Africa.
You can read the inspiring story on the evolution of the Foundation, which is funding programs that are changing lives in Africa, in Dr Andrew’s book - A Doctor in Africa. Available in bookstores, online, or order it via the Foundation for $34.99 plus postage (about $10). Email info@barbaramayfoundation.com. All royalties go to the Foundation. #adoctorinafrica #barbaramayfoundation #fistularepair #africa #safebirth #savethemothersavetheworld
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Dr Andrew was only able to travel back to Africa for fistula camps twice in FY2021 meaning the camps were much busier. When he visited the South Sudan in March he completed 38 surgeries among which was a young woman called Aruel, who also suffers from Dwarfism.

After two agonising days in labour she finally reached a hospital to undergo a caesarean and deliver her second child in a remote area of South Sudan. However, she suffered a fistula. Fortunately, the new hospital at Juba, where Dr Andrew operates in South Sudan, was able to help. Read the full story in the bio link.

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“Miracle of Missay. A year and a half after she should have died from sustaining a double fistula and suffering medical complications, Missay was completely recovered; walking, seeing and continent. She made the two-day journey back from her home with her husband Biruk to present us with a gift.” Excerpt from A Doctor in Africa.
You can read the inspiring story on the evolution of the Foundation, which is funding programs that are changing lives in Africa, in Dr Andrew’s book - A Doctor in Africa. Available in bookstores, online or order it via the Foundation for $34.99 plus postage (about $10). Email info@barbaramayfoundation.com. All royalties go to the Foundation. #adoctorinafrica #barbaramayfoundation #fistularepair #africa #safebirth #savethemothersavetheworld
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