A few days ago, I was emailed by Lizzie at Health Poverty Action asking whether I would be willing to write a short blog post about a 5k sponsored walk taking place in Brighton on Sunday, September 30th. Called ‘March for Mothers’, it aims to raise money and awareness of maternity health in developing countries.
As someone who has recently been benefitting from the excellent maternity care provided by the NHS, I realise how lucky I am. In countries supported by Health Poverty Action, such as Sierre Leone and Myanmar, women have patchy (at best) access to basic maternity services. Most maternal and infant deaths take place in developing counties and most are preventable.
Health Poverty Action is asking that each walker aims to raise a minimum of £100 (entry is £10 for adults and £5 for children- children’s sponsorship target is £50) The money raised can then be used for the following:
- £100 can be used for medicine in a childbirth emergency
- £200 can be used to provide breastfeeding support and antenatal care for a group of new mothers
- £500 can provide a safe birthing hut
- £750 can train a midwife in essential life-saving skills
The route begins at the Volks Railway and continues to the Peace Statue (and doubles back)- a flat route that should be fairly easy to walk! The event starts at 9am, with the walk commencing from 10am.
If you’re interested in taking part, you can register here.
More information about the work Health Poverty Action does with mothers and children can be found here.