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What Drives Me To Volunteer

Lauren Brook spoke to Muntada Aid ahead of her first trip to Sierra Leone. Here she talks about volunteering and its impact on wider society. 

Tell us about yourself 

I am a hospital-based midwife and I have been working for about four and a half years now. | always wanted to do some sort of a humanitarian aid project, but I have not had the opportunity for until now. I have just recently done my new-born lifesaving training over here and I am hoping to do a similar, slightly more basic form of that training over there during our upcoming mission in February.

About the mission

I am really excited, but really nervous as well. I am hoping that I will probably learn as much as will take. Hopefully, after we have done this one, they are looking at doing missions possibly in Ghana, Liberia as well as Sierra Leone. 

So I am hoping that once I have done this...I know it is only a week so it feels quite a small taster than maybe we are able to go for longer periods and do bit more training and take a bit more out with us. I just think that we take a lot what we got in the NHS for granted over here. There is so much basic training that could make such a big difference. Even just little things like...highlighting the importance of kindness to women over there.

About the project 

Muntada Aid in partnership with Life for African Mothers is committed to supporting the local communities and the Government of Sierra Leone to train and empower the maternal health practitioner in 8 districts ( Portloko, Moyamba, Bombali, Kenema, Bonth, Tonkkolili, Kono and Kambia) and also provide mothers with vital medicines.

We are providing a comprehensive in-service training programme for a minimum of 100 midwives in Sierra Leone. This will help in creating a workforce with the capacity and capabilities to deal with the increasing demand in healthcare services of its population.

In Sierra Leone key challenges for maternal and neonatal health include lack of continuous training for midwives and birth attendants, limited access to medicines and poor understanding within the community about the support available in childbirth.

The longterm aim of the project is building maternal healthcare training and capacity across Sierra Leone.

In 2020, we are aiming to provide cost-free 400000 tablets of Misoprostol, essential to treat postpartum bleeding in childbirth to healthcare facilities in the eight districts and midwifery training to 100 professionals.


First Floor – LMC Business Wing
38 – 44 Whitechapel Road
E1 1JX

Reg Charity no: 1157117