Bristol Midwife Zoe Vowles is spending a year in Sierra Leone working for Health Unlimited, a UK charity which works to help the poorest and most marginalised people assert their right to health.
Zoe is a winner of the Vodafone Foundation’s World of Difference International programme 2009, an initiative that has given eight people the chance to spend a year abroad working for their favourite charity, with a salary of £25k and an expenses fund of £20K.
In 2008 Zoe spent six months volunteering with VSO as a midwife trainer in a community hospital in Sierra Leone, and was eager to do more to help people in isolated rural communities who had limited access to qualified healthcare practitioners. She was also driven by the fact that Sierra Leone currently has among the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world.
Zoe is now in Northern Bombali District working as a midwifery trainer, working with midwives and other maternal health workers in a Kamakwie Wesleyan Hospital. She is also supporting health workers and traditional birth attendants in a number of the rural health posts, as well as teaching at the new Makeni School of Midwifery.
To follow Zoe’s progress people can visit her World of Difference blog here: http://worldofdifference.vodafone.co.uk/international/zoe-vowles/.