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Inspirational African midwife lobbies UK ministers for public sector aid

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A leading midwife from Malawi has called on the UK government to support public sector health care in developing countries.

Dorothy Ngoma, executive director of the National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives in Malawi, visited the new midwifery and birthing department at the Whittington Hospital in London earlier this week, along with representatives from the union Unison and the charity Oxfam.

‘I see colleagues working in the public service who are completely exhausted because they are working 15 hour shifts day in, day out. They work in maternity units with between 200-300 children and just five members of staff to look after them,’ she said.

‘At the same time there is a growing private sector that is emerging which is inadequate and often does not serve people well,’ she said. ‘What is needed is not for rich governments to be supporting so-called private healthcare in the developing world.

‘What is needed is for investment in public healthcare and for governments across the world to make sure that investment means more health care workers and resources for people who need them,’ she added.

Ms Ngoma was visiting the UK with Oxfam to promote its For All Campaign, which is asking the Department for International Development to champion pubic health care over private health care in the developing world.

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