Our aim is to provide long-term sustainable assistance to the women, babies and maternity health professionals of Chad.
Safer Birth in Chad (SBIC) was formed in response to a BBC TV Panorama documentary broadcast on June 26th 2005, Dead Mums Don’t Cry. The subject of the programme was maternal mortality - mothers and babies dying in childbirth - in the Central African country of Chad. The film centred upon the work of senior obstetrician Dr Grace Kodindo and her colleagues as they struggled to provide a safe delivery service for mothers and babies in childbirth.
SBIC was formed by ordinary people from across the UK and Europe who felt inspired to help improve conditions in a country where a woman’s life is at risk each time she conceives. We aim to offer practical help as part of a longer-term programme, to include support for the training of midwives, since we believe investing in people’s skills is really the only way to engender long-term change.
In 2006 we began working with two hospitals with maternity facilities in N’djamena, the capital of Chad – Chagoua and Farcha hospitals. SBCF has helped increase their access to clean water , provided training for their midwives and has aimed to improve hygeine standards. We have also organised a reliable source of basic delivery kits.
In 2007 we became affiliated with Nurses Association of Jamaica, UK. Members of the association had seen the Panorama film and, like us, were seeking ways to offer practical, realistic help to Chad’s midwives and doctors. Two leading members of NAJUK , Paulette Lewis and Dorothy Turner, are qualified senior midwives in the UK and have made several training visits to Chad. NAJUK also funded a solar powered water supply to Farcha district hospital maternity.
Nearly all of our funding to date has been donated by supporters. Our registered UK charity number is 1115489. We have also received small grants from UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) for midwives’ training in Chad, and from the Wales for Africa fund for the costs of our Chair, Ann Pettitt, to visit Chad as interpreter and administrator helping two volunteer UK midwives to carry out training in 2012. Wales for Africa also contributed financially to the development of the French language version of this website.