LOCAL charity Living Child will serve high tea at Riverton Baptist Community Church on May 13 to raise funds for midwifery training and equipment in Papua New Guinea.
The not-for-profit charity established by Bull Creek resident Sara David in 2013 aims to reduce the maternal and |infant death rate in remote villages of PNG through midwifery training.
Ms David set up the charity after travelling to PNG in 2012 to train village birth attendants due to the high death rate of mothers in the area.
She said five women died in PNG every day just because they were pregnant.
“I listened to the women and was horrified to hear their stories of suffering and death because of a lack of services,” Ms David said.
“As a midwife educator I could see there were some simple things I could teach and provide that would begin the journey towards a quality maternal newborn service in the area.
“We have conducted seven remote outreach trips to train over 100 village birth attendants from 48 villages.”
And, since February 2017, Living Child has on the ground volunteers who live in Wewak, the capital of East Sepik Province.
“The challenges are great and progress is slow, but Living Child is committed to seeing a fully functioning maternal newborn service in Angoram District where no mother or baby dies from preventable causes,” Ms David said.
The high tea will run from 2-4.30pm at the church at 38 Modillion Ave. Shelley.
Tickets cost $35 at www.tiny.cc/livingchild.