Every £1.43 we raise in August will benefit one woman of childbearing age in Ghana, where maternal mortality has been described as a national emergency. Over-reliance on traditional (often unqualified) birth attendants means that many families overlook the free maternal health care available to them and only 35% of women give birth under the supervision of a qualified health worker.

Concern Universal will provide training to 25 maternal health volunteers in 5 communities within the Brong Ahafo region. Volunteers will learn about critical maternal health care issues, the services they are entitled to expect and where they can be found as well as how to hold the government to account if they do not provide good quality care. They will work within their own communities to direct women of childbearing age and their partners towards the free maternal health care and family planning resources available at a cost of £1.43 per family.

This project empowers the community to demand decent health care and will deliver long-term, sustainable improvements in local health services. This will reduce maternal mortality risks, so mums and their babies have a far better chance of a safe birth and healthy start in life.