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All Mums should live Tenneh’s story Tenneh plays with her precious baby Ansumana. She blows raspberries on his belly. Lifting her baby up high she beams with joy. Tenneh gave birth to Ansumana three months ago. Thankfully, he’s a happy, bouncy baby. But Tenneh has lost and loved another baby before. When Tenneh’s labour started during her first pregnancy, there was no health centre in the village. Her mum took her to a traditional birth attendant. For the two days of her labour, Tenneh was in agony. She fell unconscious and was bleeding heavily. With very little medical training, the birth attendant was way out of her depth. In the days and months after her labour, Tenneh felt very weak and her baby wouldn’t breastfeed. Tragically, her baby died when he was three months old. ‘That day I will never forget,’ she recalls. ‘I felt sick like I’ve never been sick before. ‘If God would not have saved me, I would not be alive today.’

New hope

Through our partner RADA (Rehabilitation and Development Agency), Christian Aid saw how difficult the situation in Sawula village was and began working to ensure that mums and babies have fullness of life. RADA has been working locally to help vulnerable women access healthcare, improve hygiene with simple interventions like handwashing and, with your support, build a bigger, better health care centre. Thankfully, when Tenneh was pregnant a second time, things had changed for good. This time, she had nurse Judith by her side. With her expert love and care, Judith helped Tenneh deliver her baby safely. Tenneh said: ‘During my second labour, I was scared. But nurse Judith was with me, assuring me of everything. When I delivered, I felt so good.’ ‘With the coming of Judith, so many lives have changed,’ Tenneh continued. ‘We know that with Judith, as long as we see the light at the end of the tunnel, we’ll be OK.’ Thanks to nurse Judith and the medical training you helped provide, Tenneh could hold her beautiful baby boy in her arms.

A health centre for all

The community in Sawula dream of having a health centre that can meet their needs. The current health centre is the size of a small bedroom. Operations, deliveries and baby checkups all happen in one single room with only two delivery beds. Nurse Judith works around the clock to meet the needs of mums and young children who come to the clinic. But the need is great, and sometimes she’s forced to send people away. When women come to the clinic at night, there’s no light for Judith to use. So she has to ask her patients to bring a torch to see by. In addition to this, there are often not enough drugs at the clinic. Judith sees diseases like malaria and typhoid, especially in children. She has to go on a motorbike or sometimes walk for three hours to collect drugs. ‘I need help,’ nurse Judith says. ‘Women are dying from childbirth, children under five are dying, because of poverty. Please help us.’ For Tenneh, and many mums like her, a new health centre would be like a dream come true: ‘We’ll dance for three days when we have the new health centre,’ she says. How you can help With your support today, we could work alongside Judith’s community to build a bigger, better health centre to help more mums like Tenneh give birth safely. This Christian Aid Week, 12-18 May, our church will be collecting on 9th May at Woodford Station, 11th May at Langston Road Retail Park, 16th May Loughton Station, 18th May High Road, 12th -18th May House to House. Offers of help please to Keith Aldred keith@akaldred.plus.com 01992 560455 so women like Jebbeh can celebrate more happy birth days. This Christian Aid Week, together, we can make childbirth safe for mums and babies. Through our collecting, our gifts and our prayers, we can help give the world’s poorest mums a chance to live.
Photo credit: Christian Aid/Adam Finch
Photo credit: Christian Aid/Tom Pilston
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All Mums should live Tenneh’s story Tenneh plays with her precious baby Ansumana. She blows raspberries on his belly. Lifting her baby up high she beams with joy. Tenneh gave birth to Ansumana three months ago. Thankfully, he’s a happy, bouncy baby. But Tenneh has lost and loved another baby before. When Tenneh’s labour started during her first pregnancy, there was no health centre in the village. Her mum took her to a traditional birth attendant. For the two days of her labour, Tenneh was in agony. She fell unconscious and was bleeding heavily. With very little medical training, the birth attendant was way out of her depth. In the days and months after her labour, Tenneh felt very weak and her baby wouldn’t breastfeed. Tragically, her baby died when he was three months old. ‘That day I will never forget,’ she recalls. ‘I felt sick like I’ve never been sick before. ‘If God would not have saved me, I would not be alive today.’

New hope

Through our partner RADA (Rehabilitation and Development Agency), Christian Aid saw how difficult the situation in Sawula village was and began working to ensure that mums and babies have fullness of life. RADA has been working locally to help vulnerable women access healthcare, improve hygiene with simple interventions like handwashing and, with your support, build a bigger, better health care centre. Thankfully, when Tenneh was pregnant a second time, things had changed for good. This time, she had nurse Judith by her side. With her expert love and care, Judith helped Tenneh deliver her baby safely. Tenneh said: ‘During my second labour, I was scared. But nurse Judith was with me, assuring me of everything. When I delivered, I felt so good.’ ‘With the coming of Judith, so many lives have changed,’ Tenneh continued. ‘We know that with Judith, as long as we see the light at the end of the tunnel, we’ll be OK.’ Thanks to nurse Judith and the medical training you helped provide, Tenneh could hold her beautiful baby boy in her arms.

A health centre for all

The community in Sawula dream of having a health centre that can meet their needs. The current health centre is the size of a small bedroom. Operations, deliveries and baby checkups all happen in one single room with only two delivery beds. Nurse Judith works around the clock to meet the needs of mums and young children who come to the clinic. But the need is great, and sometimes she’s forced to send people away. When women come to the clinic at night, there’s no light for Judith to use. So she has to ask her patients to bring a torch to see by. In addition to this, there are often not enough drugs at the clinic. Judith sees diseases like malaria and typhoid, especially in children. She has to go on a motorbike or sometimes walk for three hours to collect drugs. ‘I need help,’ nurse Judith says. ‘Women are dying from childbirth, children under five are dying, because of poverty. Please help us.’ For Tenneh, and many mums like her, a new health centre would be like a dream come true: ‘We’ll dance for three days when we have the new health centre,’ she says. How you can help With your support today, we could work alongside Judith’s community to build a bigger, better health centre to help more mums like Tenneh give birth safely. This Christian Aid Week, 12-18 May, our church will be collecting on 9th May at Woodford Station, 11th May at Langston Road Retail Park, 16th May Loughton Station, 18th May High Road, 12th -18th May House to House. Offers of help please to Keith Aldred keith@akaldred.plus.com  01992 560455 so women like Jebbeh can celebrate more happy birth days. This Christian Aid Week, together, we can make childbirth safe for mums and babies. Through our collecting, our gifts and our prayers, we can help give the world’s poorest mums a chance to live.
Photo credit: Christian Aid/Tom Pilston