Colne church welcomes midwife tutor working in Uganda

(From left): Kate Quarrell, Pat Taylor, Nan Blenkinsopp, David Hawthorne, and Reverend Lisa Senior.
(From left): Kate Quarrell, Pat Taylor, Nan Blenkinsopp, David Hawthorne, and Reverend Lisa Senior.
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St Bartholomew's Church have bid a warm welcome to a Church Mission Society partner who has been working in Uganda, where she is aiming to improve midwifery services by training locals.

It was a case of Call the Midwife for the parishioners as Kate Quarrell visited the church on Ivegate to give a talk on her recent work in the East African country as a midwifery tutor helping with the midwifery training at Kuluva School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Aiming to improve midwifery services and make the area independent and able to training others to establishing more widespread safe practices for women and babies, Kate has received support from the church during her work.

"Uganda has a high rate of maternal mortality during childbirth; in 2013, 5,900 deaths were recorded," said Kate. "Many of these deaths were avoidable. Only 58% of women give birth with the assistance of a skilled attendant.

"My role is to teach midwifery to students and nurses at the Church of Uganda school of nursing and midwifery in Kuluva," she added. "I’ll also be working with the diocese to provide neonatal resuscitation training for staff working in their health facilities, as hypoxia at birth is the seventh leading cause of death in Uganda."