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The five or ten kilometres that stand between a woman and a health centre may not seem like much. But imagine travelling that distance while enduring the excruciating pain of labour. Every minute scared for your baby, yourself and your family.

Yet, this unthinkable experience can be avoided. By visiting a maternity waiting home, women in Ethiopia can be in the right place when labour starts, with access to around the clock skilled care.

SafeHands ensures women have access to accurate information to make decisions for themselves and their families. Our films are shown on solar-powered tablets carried in backpacks by frontline health workers and provide essential health information to women in rural communities.

Our fundraising appeal on BBC Radio 4 will provide a lifeline for high-risk pregnant women living at a distance from their nearest health centre.

With your support, we can put information about maternity waiting homes into the hands of women and girls in the Amhara region, Ethiopia.

Please donate £34 to put relevant information directly into the hands of women through film screenings and community meetings. 

Consider a small monthly donation of just £5 - the same as one cup of coffee - makes all the difference for us. 


“I waited for three weeks and gave birth safely, without a problem.”

Haymanot lives many hours walk from a health centre.

Pregnant with her third child, she decided to stay at

Maternity Waiting Home next to her nearest health centre.

Read more about Haymanot’s experience

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Our Appeal Presenter: Jane Garvey

We are delighted that our BBC Radio 4 Appeal is presented and supported by BBC Presenter Jane Garvey. Jane is a radio broadcaster and currently one of the hosts of BBC Woman’s Hour and co-founders of the Fortunately podcast series.

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I’m so keen on supporting the work of SafeHands because what they do is they use the power of women’s stories to create real change.
— Jane Garvey

Listen below to hear more about why Jane is supporting the work of SafeHands

When to Listen:

Our appeal will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday, 29th September 2019 at 07:55 and 21:26 GMT, and Thursday, 3rd October, 2019 at 15:27 GMT

You can listen to the appeal on the BBC Radio 4 Appeal website


 How You Can Help:

  • Listen: Tune in to BBC Radio 4 to hear more about our work to ensure women’s access to maternity waiting homes;

  • Share: Help us get the message out by following us on Facebook and sharing our content with friends, family and colleagues who want to make a difference;

  • Donate: By donating £34 you can put relevant information directly into the hands of women through film screenings and community meetings.

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