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Barbara May Foundation

Support Valerie Browning and the Afar People

Support Valerie Browning and the Afar People

Last week we sent out our quarterly newsletter which contained a story about the situation currently being experienced by Valerie Browning and her teams in the Afar region of Northern Ethiopia; ongoing war and drought causing immense suffering. We have had many of the...

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After volunteering in Africa for the past 17 years and with plenty of inspiring stories and life changing surgeries conducted, join us as we introduce Dr Andrew Browning to the Global Health Chat!  Dr Browning is an Australian trained Obstetrician and Gynaecologist...

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Please give this Christmas

Please give this Christmas

December 2021 ‘TIS THE SEASON FOR GIVINGSAVE THE MOTHER, SAVE THE WORLD Dear Supporters,   A note to thank-you all for your wonderful support over the past year. Together we have made safe birth, maternal healthcare and family planning a possibility for many...

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International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

October 15 is International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day observed for pregnancy loss and infant death, which includes miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, and the death of a newborn. Pregnancy loss is defined differently around the world, but in Australia...

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Meet Dr Andrew Browning Brisbane Event

Meet Dr Andrew Browning Brisbane Event

On September 23, 80 guests joined BMF Director, Richard Browning, BMF Ambassador Dr Geoff Kelsey and great friend of the Foundation’s, Margaret Hounslow, at Customs House in Brisbane to meet Dr Andrew Browning and hear about the maternal health and fistula repair work...

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Safe Birth Matching Grant – Double the Hope

Safe Birth Matching Grant – Double the Hope

Double your donation power! * Update 29/7/21: We have now reached the value of $10,000, donation matching has now been extended to $15,000. The amount total amount of $30,000 will fund 150 safe births and 75 fistula repair operations. A wonderful friend of the...

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End of Financial Year Appeal

End of Financial Year Appeal

WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER – OR ARE WE? End of Financial Year Appeal For 18 months now the world has struggled with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been lucky in Australia, as an island nation, we have been protected from many of the collateral issues....

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Dr Andrew Browning’s memoir ‘A Doctor in Africa’ 

Dr Andrew Browning’s memoir ‘A Doctor in Africa’ 

Dr Andrew Browning’s memoir ‘A Doctor in Africa’ has been released by Pan Macmillan and is receiving wonderful reviews! With the preface by HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, and foreword by Her Excellency, Linda Hurley, Andrew’s book is an inspiring story of his...

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Podcast: Missionary Doctor

Podcast: Missionary Doctor

“As a junior doctor I went to Ethiopia to work with my aunt in the desert area, and we were just wandering around the desert with camels, treating people under trees and shrubs and things in 50-degree heat … You’d have to sleep with a guard with a gun because the...

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The Sydney surgeon changing the lives of many

Most Australians have never heard of obstetric fistula. Yet in other places, it is a source of terrible suffering and shame for many thousands of women every year. 2020 Alumni Award winner Dr Andrew Browning AM (MBBS '95) is helping those women reclaim their lives....

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Extraordinary Photo Essay of the Afar

Extraordinary Photo Essay of the Afar

Before the COVID emergency, Valerie welcomed US award-winning author and freelance photographer Michael Benanav to the Barbara May Maternity Hospital in Mille, Ethiopia, for three weeks. In addition to his books, Michael writes and/or shoots for The New York Times,...

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How can you help?

Programs supported wholly or in part by the Barbara May Foundation include:

. The building and operations of the Vision Maternity Care Hospital in Barhir Dar, Ethiopia.
. The operations of the Barbara May Maternity Hospital in Mille, Ethiopia.
. Kivulini Maternity Centre – Maternity Africa, Tanzania. This centre provides obstetric services and an extensive fistula repair program which includes significant outreach programs.
. Midwife Training Programs
. Tertiary education of local medical professionals.