Every day, 800 women die due to birth complications (WHO 2013). More than 80% of these deaths happen in the developing world and most are preventable. We can help change this situation. By improving the training and skills of midwives and birth attendants in poor countries, fewer women and babies will die during childbirth.
VSO midwife volunteers share their skills and help train midwives and health workers around the world. We urgently need experienced midwives to make motherhood safer for women in communities with some of the world’s highest maternal mortality rates.
Roles are generally longer term, ranging from one to two years, but we also have occasional short-term assignments for up to six months.
You’ll be a qualified midwife with at least two years’ experience (five years for short-term placements). Clinical and classroom teaching experience is desirable, as is experience of managing and mentoring others.
What you’ll be doing
As well as improving maternal healthcare and management, you’ll be training staff in all aspects of midwifery. Countries you could be working in include Ethiopia or Sierra Leone.
Be a part of a global movement to lower maternal mortality rates. With your help, we can improve the health of more mothers and babies around the world.