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Safe Birth Matching Grant – Double the Hope

Safe Birth Matching Grant – Double the Hope

Double your donation power! A wonderful friend of the Foundation and champion of safe birth in Africa has offered to match all donations to the Foundation beginning now until 30 September, 2021 to the value of $10,000. With your help we can bring more hope and dignity...

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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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Dr Andrew Browning Receives Australian Honours

Dr Andrew Browning has been awarded the Member (AM) In the General Division Of The Order Of Australia for significant service to the international community through the provision of obstetric care to women in Africa. The purpose of the Order of Australia is to...

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Our Team Fundraising in Africa

Thank-you to all our supporters of the Mt Kilimanjaro Trek for Maternal Health. In a show of incredible support from you, we raised $60,000 which will go towards our projects in Africa. What an adventure it was! We are hoping to return in 2019 with Dr Andrew Browning...

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Crown Princess Mary makes humanitarian visit to Ethiopia

Crown Princess Mary makes humanitarian visit to Ethiopia

Afambo, Ethiopia: Crown Princess Mary of Denmark was "shaken up" after confronting the harsh reality of female genital mutilation on her humanitarian visit to Ethiopia on Tuesday. The hot, desolate Afar region was a world away from wintery Copenhagen, a city still...

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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.