In Burkina Faso, volunteer midwives receive crucial training that helps them to keep new mums and babies alive and well. This includes education in hygiene, pre and post natal care, HIV awareness and how to prevent transmission of the virus from mother to child.
Once the midwives are qualified, they receive a simple birthing kit that helps them to bring more babies into the world safely. This kit includes sterilised razor blades to cut the umbilical cord, gloves, bandages and soap to prevent infection. Simple gifts like this mean the difference between life and death for both mothers and new-born children.
To help make a difference, find out more about this work and give a charity gift, visit the UNICEF or ActionAid websites. These organisations work around the globe through local organisations to deliver direct, practical benefits and campaigns to challenge the causes of poverty.