Today is Labour Day. We celebrate the wonderful achievements of all of the staff who work so hard at Kivulini Maternity Centre in Tanzania. In March, we celebrated with almost 40 ladies who received surgery for obstetric fistula and other birth-induced injuries. Another fantastic achievement in April: 137 safe deliveries, and a new monthly record.

All of our staff contribute to the success of our work at Maternity Africa. Many people work behind the scenes in maintenance, security, reception, laundry, kitchen, finance, procurement, human resources, information technology, pharmacy, laboratory and management. They are as important as our clinical staff – our nurses, midwives, doctors and other carers who work night and day in our maternity, fistula and family planning services.

Thank you all for your work, challenging though it can be at times, making childbirth safe.