Our Workplace Giving Program has donated an additional $27,000 to support maternal healthcare services in Africa.
The contributions of Sydney Local Health District staff through our Workplace Giving program has amounted to a $27,000 donation to the Barbara May Foundation.
Each week, a number of our staff give generously to our Workplace Giving Program in support of the excellent work of Valarie Browning AM and Dr Andrew Browning in Ethiopia, who provide maternal healthcare services to prevent death during childbirth.
Through the Barbara May Foundation, Valerie and Andrew have been working tirelessly in Sub-Saharan Africa for more than 40 years, saving lives and bringing education and information about maternity healthcare to the community, while remaining sensitive and respectful to local tradition and culture.
By many of our staff giving as little as $1 per week, Sydney Local Health District maintains a $10,000 monthly donation, which covers the entire running costs of a maternity hospital in Ethiopia.
The additional $27,000 donation is made possible through the generosity of staff, who are now able to increase their regular donation to $2 or $5 per week. This funding provides essential healthcare, saving the lives of mothers and their babies, as well as supporting education and building infrastructure for the community.
In addition to funding, the Barbara May Foundation has also received delivery of hospital beds and baby warmer resuscitation trolleys (pictured) from equipment no longer in use at Canterbury Hospital.
In May, we call on our doctors to put their salary to work here and in Africa as part of the Twice the Doctor campaign.
Just one day of a doctor's salary can help pay for a doctor in the developing world for one month, or a nurse for six months.