After a trip to Tanzania, Alice Fuller, a trained midwife from London, decided she wanted to use her midwifery skills abroad. She worked with Doctors of the World in 2009 in Ethiopia. Her main tasks were focused on improving maternal child health. Based in a main town in the Somali region, with one of the only functioning hospitals, Doctors of the World supports the local regional health bureau who are in the process of rehabilitating the hospital.
Alice trained traditional birth attendants with the knowledge and skills to safely manage normal birth. The course was designed to aid the identification of high risk pregnancies and potential complications in labour. There is a particular focus on the need for early referrals both to reduce delays in women receiving appropriate medical care and to prevent avoidable maternal deaths.