Going beyond our borders
Our staff supporting maternal healthcare in Africa through Workplace Giving Program
Sydney Local Health District staff have been helping to improve maternal healthcare in Africa for a decade through our support of the Barbara May Foundation.
This month, we have been privileged to welcome Australian medical professionals Valerie Browning AM and her nephew Dr Andrew Browning AM to our District for a series of meetings with our staff.
The Barbara May Foundation provides funding to Valerie, a nurse, and Andrew, an obstetrician and gynaecologist. Together, their projects relieve the high incidence of death and extreme injury in pregnancy and childbirth in sub-Saharan Africa.
The generosity of our people via our Workplace Giving Program directly funds the 18-bed Barbara May Maternity Hospital in the Afar region of Ethiopia.
Since the Hospital started, it is estimated that more than 10,000 girls and women have been treated and had access to safe and dignified pregnancy and birth.
Valerie and Andrew’s dedication to providing lifesaving maternal healthcare and medical services at no cost, regardless of race or religion, is truly inspiring.
About 20 per cent of our staff are signed up to the Workplace Giving Program, which is a simple and low-cost way for staff to make a big difference to countless lives.
To find out more see www.barbaramayfoundation.com