Supporting Maternal Health in Africa - Lunch with Dr Andrew Browning

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Avoca Beach Surf Life Saving Club

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Avoca Beach, NSW 2251

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A few years ago I had the privilege of working as a midwife in a village hospital in Tanzania for 3 months with Maternity Africa. and again last year in Ethiopia providing education and training for local Midwives.

I witnessed first hand how simple equipment and trained staff made the difference between life and death for both mother and baby and prevented debilitating birth injuries like fistulas which leave mothers leaking urine and faeces and are often outcast from their communities.

We are fortunate to have Dr Andrew Browning living on the Central Coast whilst continuing his inspiring work in Africa and he will be sharing his experiences with us.

Dr Andrew Browning AM is an Australian trained obstetrician and gynaecologist who has worked in Ethiopia and Tanzania for more than 13 years as a senior fistula surgeon.

Andrew has led a team that have gone on to transform several rundown health centres into safe and functional maternal health centres for poor women, and those living in remote regions. These centres are now training midwives, which provides improved birthing outcomes and prevents birth injuries such as fistulas.

In an effort to help the more than two million women estimated to be suffering with existing obstetric fistula injuries throughout Africa, Andrew continues to provide Fistula camps in Malawi, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Chad, Uganda, Congo and Togo. Maternity Africa is also training local surgeons in those regions in fistula repair. He also consults on global maternal healthcare issues to United Nations Fund for Population Activities and the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics.

Kareena Shaw, also a local Central Coast Midwife will be sharing her experiences as Lead Midwife in Kivulini, the new hospital in Arusha, Tanzania, built and operated by Maternity Africa (Barbara May Foundation).

For more information please see The Barbara May Foundation Website:

https://www.barbaramayfoundation.com/index

Please invite any friends and family you know who would love to hear about this inspirational work.

*** And a few words from Megan Yu ***

To all my friends and family,

As most of you are aware I’m very passionate about woman’s rights and want women to have full access to quality health care. Being a mother of 5 daughters and a husband who was born in a country that had poor quality healthcare, I want to play my part in ending barriers to women having amazing birth experiences.
I have an amazing friend Kathy Hay who is equally passionate about women’s health. I’ve followed her amazing journey as she volunteered in Tanzania as a midwife. Her stories have deepened my passion for woman and their access to healthcare. I want to make a difference for women around the world.
In Australia we are so blessed with an awesome healthcare system. We don’t see diseases in our children through an amazing vaccination program, but this is not the case worldwide.
Women in Africa don’t have access to healthcare, they have very limited access to any care. Women and Children often die during birth.

So how do we change this? Well Dr Browning a Central Coast obstetrician/gynaecologist is making a change in this area, but cannot do it alone! We are having a fundraising lunch and I’d love you to come and join with me and hear how women’s lives are being positively impacted with a great new standard of healthcare.
Dr Browning will be there sharing his part on impacting change for African women.

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