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 in 2011 we received a small grant from the Wales for Africa fund.
We seek to improve maternal care and delivery conditions for women giving birth in the two district hospitals in N’Djamena, Chad’s capital. We share British midwives’ expertise with Chadian midwives and trainers. This approach has potential for long-term change. We are now fund-raising for two midwives and a translator / administrator to visit Chad in autumn 2013
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 maternity care. Most of our activities up to 2011 have been funded by our supporters, and we try to make our use of that money and help as transparent as possible.