ES Views Letter of the Day: Overseas aid is worth every penny

Midwives on a mission: Delia Jepson and Cheryl Stanley on their trip to Kiomboi: WaterAid/Eliza Powell

It has been a year since we returned from a hospital in Kiomboi, northern Tanzania, but the visit will stay with us forever. The hospital was part of WaterAid’s Deliver Life campaign, which helps hospitals struggling without water or working toilets.

As midwives, we’ve seen just about every childbirth scenario. But working with people who could not take running water for granted was life-changing, making our experience of elbow taps and wrapped sterile instruments seem luxurious.

One in five babies who dies in the first month succumbs to sepsis or infections caused by dirty water and poor hygiene. Thankfully, WaterAid’s efforts have transformed Kiomboi hospital and helped save lives.

We have seen many headlines condemning the UK’s spending on overseas aid. But when used carefully and transparently, it makes a huge difference to the lives of midwives, mothers and their babies.
Delia Jepson and Cheryl Stanley, Midwives at Liverpool Women’s Hospital

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