Midwives and staff at the maternity units at the Southern General Hospital and the Glasgow Royal Infirmary are looking forward to welcoming a special scroll as part of its worldwide tour to promote and fundraise for safe childbirth in developing countries.
With 800 women dying each day of childbirth-related complications in developing countries, many of which are avoidable, the ‘Precious Cargo’ scroll tour aims to raise awareness, collect signatures and fundraise at the same time.
The scroll will be delivered by volunteer bikers to approximately 40 maternity hospitals throughout the UK. It will remain at each hospital for at least one day. While at the hospital a student midwife will take responsibility for displaying the scroll and explaining more about the initiative.
It is also hoped that the scroll, in addition to raising awareness, will help raise funds of £40,000 to finance projects that will reach up to 50,000 vulnerable women and children.
Evelyn Frame, Head of Midwifery for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “We are looking forward to having the scroll with us in Glasgow. It is hard to believe that in the 21st century women in developing countries are still dying during childbirth from very minor problems – particularly if they live in remote areas.
“We are only too happy to support this initiative and I would like to thank our student midwives for supporting this project on the day.”
The scroll started its journey in London on 26 September and is due to arrive at the maternity unit at the Southern General Hospital on Tuesday 29 October. It will stay there for one day and staff and visitors will be encouraged to find out more about the ‘Precious Cargo’ project. There will also be the opportunity to take part in raffles for prizes donated by Cameron House and the Curry Karaoke among others. Milk bank staff and student midwife Catherine Walsh will be on hand at the information stand to answer any questions.
The scroll will then be taken to Stornoway and then back to Glasgow to the maternity unit at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 November where student midwife Julie McPherson will take possession of it. From there it will continue on its UK leg of the tour before being taken to Europe and other continents.
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