SBIC is in some ways a tribute to the power of great documentary TV. Moved by a 2005 BBC Panorama film about conditions in Chad maternity units, ordinary women and men from across the UK began work to help improve the (still) desperate maternal mortality rates in this African country. These people have now been joined by midwives and others, and SBIC continues to work for improvements in this area.
We seek to improve maternal care and delivery conditions for women giving birth in N’Djamena, Chad’s capital. For the past 5 years we have enabled single-use birthing kits to be provided to the two district maternity hospitals there, in a program run by the Birthing Kit Foundation, Australia. Overall we try to share British midwives’ expertise with Chadian midwives and trainers, an approach with the potential to affect long-term change.
There are more ways than you think to support Safer Birth in Chad (SBIC), from fundraising to other kinds of donations — expertise in website work, translation, solar engineering and best maternity practices. We even have someone running to sponsor us in the 2014 London Marathon! Most of our activities have been funded by our supporters, and we try to make our use of that money and that help as transparent as possible.