SafeHands for Mothers acts as a catalyst. Our hard-hitting films, documentaries and photography bring about change: improving maternal and newborn health, sexual and reproductive health, and empowering women and girls. In this way, our work drives progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 3 (good health and wellbeing) and SDG 5 (gender equality).
We work in close partnership with developing country governments, UN agencies and international NGOs. Partners include the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO), International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and Comic Relief.
We want to achieve lasting change and sustainability. That’s why our work fosters a sense of community ownership. Our innovative, low-cost solar powered media players educate and empower communities in remote, hard-to-reach areas, and support the training of community health workers and midwives.
Ongoing monitoring, evaluation and learning is central to our successful approach. Our work has enhanced the health and wellbeing of tens of thousands of vulnerable women and girls. In north-west Ethiopia, for example, our Comic Relief-funded project, in collaboration with the Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia, significantly increased use of modern family planning, and safe delivery in health centres.
As part of our Breaking the Cycle film project, we traveled to Ghana to document the Dipo ceremony, a coming of age tradition that celebrates the start of puberty and a girls journey into womanhood.
Wube-Enat married Abebe when she was 9 years old, and he was 15. Their wedding was featured in our film "Child Marriage". We revisted the couple five years later, and again after a further two years. This short film updates their story.
A ‘sizzler’ for our film Breaking the Cycle (in pre-production) focuses on menstruation. This documentary will explore the myths, rituals, and taboos surrounding menstruation through the eyes of women and girls from seven different countries.
No more myths or misconceptions - we are on a mission to make pregnancy safer through this film, which is shown to frontline health workers in rural communities, using our innovative solar-powered media players. Funded by Comic Relief in 2013.
Giving birth in a health facility is safer than at home for rural women. In this film, we explore safe birth to support frontline health workers in rural communities. Funded by Comic Relief in 2013.
Leading Safe Choices is a programme run by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) to address the shortage of health care professionals. This film was made in Tanzania and South Africa and supports the training of health care professionals. In particular, training is being given in post-partum family planning and comprehensive abortion and post-abortion care.
Young women watch clips from our documentary on FGM (The Cutting Tradition). Their reactions say it all. Runner Up for an Inspiring Campaign by BOND for International Development.
Professionals watch clips from our documentary on FGM (The Cutting Tradition) and discuss the issue within the UK. Runner Up for an Inspiring Campaign by BOND for International Development.
Young men watch clips from our documentary on FGM (The Cutting Tradition). Their reactions say it all. Runner Up for an Inspiring Campaign by BOND for International Development.
Filmed in Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Egypt, and Ethiopia. Explores insights into the complex social, religious, cultural, and economic issues which underpin the ongoing practice of FGM. Winner of Best Direction at the Philadelphia Documentary & Fiction Festival 2010 and Best Documentary Victoria Independent Film Festival 2010. Meryl Streep narrates.
Our innovative solar-powered media players ensure that our films reach the communities where there is little or no electricity. Carried in backpacks weighing less than 4kg, Ethiopian health extension workers can deliver community health training.
A ten year old girl in Ethiopia marries a fifteen year old boy in a church wedding. Early marriage and childbirth poses significant risks to a young girl's body, which is not yet fully developed. This film looks at the reasons for and consequences of this traditional practice. Made in cooperation with the Ethiopian Minisitry of Health.
Swaziland has the highest statistics of HIV infection but also has the highest success rate for the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). This film is about how that success is being achieved. Made with IPPF.
Highlights the challenges adolescent girls face in accessing safe sexual reproductive health. Made for university students in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia for the Danish Family Planning Association in 2010.
Insights into delivering safe family planning in rural Ethiopia. Made for International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), and in partnership with the Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia (FGAE).
Highlights the challenges adolescent girls face in accessing safe sexual reproductive health. Made for university students in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, for the Danish Family Planning Association in 2010.
A 2006 educational training film used to improve the antenatal, safe delivery and postnatal skills of government trained Health Extension Workers in Ethiopia. Funded by Band Aid.
A 2006 educational training film used to improve the antenatal, safe delivery and postnatal skills of government trained Health Extension Workers in Ethiopia.
Highlights the devastating consequences of obstetric fistula and tells the story of Telanish, who was pledged in marriage at 3, married at 10, pregnant at 11, and gave birth to a still-born at 12. Commissioned by the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (FIGO) 2003.
A programme of emergency obstetric training in Sierra Leone, delivered by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, in partnership with the UK Department for International Development (DFID), UNICEF, and WHO.