Stories

Stories of Patients, Workers and Volunteers

Success Story: Birtukan

Success Story: Birtukan

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...

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Success Story: Boui

Success Story: Boui

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...

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Success Story: Nembris

Success Story: Nembris

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...

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Success Story: Anna

Success Story: Anna

Anna is among the many women who have attended Maternity Africa’s Kivulini Maternity Hospital for maternal health services this year.  During her third pregnancy Anna’s husband unexpectedly passed away. After this time living with her in-laws became incredibly...

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Success Story: Aisha

Success Story: Aisha

Aisha is being carried for two hours through the Afar desert in Ethiopia through 45-degree heat and on a homemade stretcher. She is in labour and the men are trying to find some mobile phone reception to call our ambulance. The ambulance is another four hours away. No...

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Success Story: Lucia

Success Story: Lucia

Lucia's exact age is unknown to her, though she recalls being born before the president of Tanzania, which would mean she is likely over 100 years old (though this is improbable). After giving birth to a daughter, her second delivery in the village endured a prolonged...

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Success Story: Nyantiona

Success Story: Nyantiona

Thirty-five years ago, Nyantiona gave birth to her first child in the villages of western South Sudan. Unfortunately, after enduring a two-day labour, she delivered a stillborn child and suffered a fistula. Her husband managed to gather whatever money he could and...

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Video: Midwife Mussa Laizer, his story and progress

At the core of what we do is training of health professionals. Each year around 100 midwives are trained in clinical skills across our networks and training is ongoing for all of our staff. Mussa is one of our brightest midwives in Maternity Africa, Tanzania and we're...

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A Volunteer’s Journey by Prof. Jonathan Morris

A Volunteer’s Journey by Prof. Jonathan Morris

Between May 2019 and December 2019 my wife and I had the privilege to work at Kivulini Maternity Centre, Arusha. Nestled within coffee plantations, with Mount Meru as an imposing backdrop the Hospital serves as a true beacon of hope to some of the world’s most...

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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.