International Volunteer Day is celebrated on 5th December each year. At CMNH, volunteers are fundamental to our work. Thanks to the support of many dedicated volunteer midwives, doctors and health care providers, we can strive to improve the availability and quality of healthcare for mothers and their newborn babies across many low and middle income countries.
Today is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate and thank all of the brilliant volunteers who give their time, effort and support to make our work possible.
CMNH won the Women’s Health Category at the BMJ Awards for our Making It Happen programme. As Professor Nynke van den Broek explained after accepting the award, “The panel of judges were particularly impressed by CMNH’s huge database of UK based doctors and midwives who go out to the countries we work in to teach the Emergency Obstetric Training course. They work with us as volunteers, and without their time and commitment we would not be able to deliver this life saving training.”
We asked our volunteers about their experiences of facilitating the Making it Happen training courses. Of the 262 who responded, nearly all either agreed or strongly agreed that the experience had been a benefit (98%), had increased their confidence (98%) and strengthened their leadership skills (90%). All responded that they would recommend volunteering with the Making it Happen programme to a colleague. One previous volunteer, Kirsty Lowe, wrote about her experience in a guest blog on the Royal College of Midwives website: “Facilitating [the CMNH] ‘Life Saving Skills courses’ has been the highlight of my job as a midwife”