Al Muntada Trust, a charity which pledged to increase its work on maternal healthcare as a result of the At Our Mothers' Feet campaign, has recently begun training midwives in Ghana.
Al Muntada Trust with its Welsh Partner Life For African Mothers send a team of midwives to tackle the alarming rates of maternal mortality in the West African country.
Following on from a successful one month long training seminar in Accra last February 2012, which saw more than 120 Ghanaian midwives participating from five hospitals across Accra, the team head back for another round of skills sharing experience this September.
Dr Saeed Gaadi, the Managing Director of the Al Muntada Trust stresses the importance of this project, saying "The mother is an important pillar in the family. The loss of a mother would often result in the downward decline of a family with children being withdrawn from schools being a consequence; this needs not be."
Dr Saeed adds "the needless deaths of mothers can be prevented by improving the skills and knowledge of those entrusted with their lives."
Mrs Marie Choon a retired Midwife and part of the team delivering the training says "the seminars are a skill sharing exercise rather than a one way channel of us just teaching. We learn from them as much as they learn from us."
The project which is supported by the Ghanaian Health Ministry and The Ghana Health Service has received a warm welcome from midwives who have attended the seminars.
Al Muntada Trust which is the lead charity and financier of this project will be expanding it to a further four West African countries who are struggling with maternal mortality rates, namely Benin, Togo, Nigeria and Mali.
According to the UN 1,000 women die each year because of birth related complication and 99% of those deaths are in the developing world.