Student midwives pedalling up funds for Ugandan trip
FOUR student midwives are using pedal power tomorrow to fund a trip to work in a Ugandan hospital for two weeks.
The students practising at Grimsby's Diana, Princess Of Wales Hospital will cycle 15 miles, stopping off at 10 children's centres in our area.
They hope the four-hour bike ride will see them raise enough money to visit Mbarara Hospital, as part of their third-year placement with Hull University.
It will cost £1,100 each for senior students Jackie Woodhouse, Sadie Elliott, Cara Mumby and Rebecca Howard.
Cara said: "We have so far got around £600 in sponsors and we would like to thank all the hospital staff and others who have donated.
"St Peters Masonic Lodge has kindly given us £250.
"We will first stop off at Nunsthorpe Children's Centre and end up at Scartho Children's Centre. Each stop we will hope to raise money with going into the centres with charity buckets.
"Our bikes from Tiger Cycles will be auctioned off after the ride.
"We are all scared about the weather and we hope it doesn't snow!"
The ladies will fly out on May 27, and they hope to learn new skills whilst at the hospital in a deprived area.
Cara added: "It seems more real now and all the flights are booked. We are all excited and nervous at the same time.
"We will be really going back to basics out there. Uganda maybe a beautiful place but it very poverty stricken."
Rebecca added: "The generosity of people has been amazing. My nanna told her friend about it and she came back with an envelope with £100 in it. We recently had a fundraising night at the Spider's Web pub with an Elvis tribute and we raised £400 from it."
If you would like to make a donation for the midwives' trip, e-mail email@example.com
The chance of death in pregnancy or childbirth in sub Saharan Africa is a horrifying one in sixteen, equating to one dying every minute, according to Unicef.
Another shocking figure is the maternal mortality ratio is 310 per 100,000 live births compared with 12 per 100,000 live births in The United Kingdom.
Therefore the student midwives could possibly encounter their first neonatal and maternal deaths in a foreign country.
Mbarara National Referral Hospital, commonly known as Mbarara Hospital is a hospital in Mbarara, Western Uganda. It is the referral hospital for the entire country and also serves as the teaching hospital of Mbarara University of Science and Technology.
It is a public hospital, founded by the Uganda Ministry of Health, and general care in the hospital is free. It is affiliated with the medical school of Mbarara University of Science and Technology, one of the four medical schools in Uganda. The hospital is staffed by medical students and residents. The medical students are good, and the residents are really excellent.
The hospital is one of three "National Referral Hospitals" in Uganda, the others being Mulago National Referral Hospital and Butabika National Referral Hospital. Mbarara Hospital is designated as one of 15 "Internship Hospitals" in Uganda where graduates of Ugandan medical schools can serve one year of internship under the supervision of qualified specialists and consultants. Its bed capacity is 600, although, as is the case with many Ugandan public hospitals, many more patients are admitted, with the excess sleeping on the floors.