Kivulini is a Swahili word meaning ‘shade’ – and this is what we hope to offer the women and children who come to us. The centre will specialise in offering excellent obstetric care for the region’s poorest residents, while providing a model environment for experienced and trainee midwives to enhance their skills. The complex includes 44 beds, a dedicated skills lab and staff hostel, fistula surgery, waiting areas and a café for patients.

Farewell Celine, and thank you

Midwife Celine Rousseau was essential in developing the clinical team at Kivulini Maternity Centre, Tanzania over the last 12 months, sharing her clinical experience and knowledge. As Mentor Midwife Celine co-created the skills development programme for all clinical...

Bertha’s beautiful baby born on a busy bus

Bertha lives in a village not far away from Kivulini Maternity Centre here in rural Tanzania. She was in the bus travelling along the main road close by to come and give birth to her seventh child when she went into contractions. The other passengers told the driver...

Learning together to save lives

At Maternity Africa, learning from each other is what we do. Yesterday evening, we said goodbye to Miriam, who was with us for two months at Kivulini Maternity Centre, volunteering as a midwife from Germany. A few weeks ago, we said farewell to Celine, also a...

Support a Mum this Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is around the corner in the UK.  A mother is the backbone of every family.  Becoming a mother can be very dangerous in rural Africa, and a mother or her baby could die.  Helping to ensure a safe birth depends on our kind and caring donors...

A safe, premature baby

Juliet delivered her baby at home - still quite common in rural Africa. It was Juliet's first baby, who was born prematurely and experienced difficulty breathing. Juliet came with her baby to Maternity Africa's Kivulini Maternity Centre to see if we could help. We...

Aspirational careers ahead for some young ladies

Such a privilege Maternity Africa enjoyed, welcoming five aspiring teenagers from Girls Foundation of Tanzania (  The girls joined our team at Kivulini Maternity Centre for a six week work placement.  We introduced them to working in...

Hope of an end to obstetric fistula within ten years

Obstetric fistula remains a problem in rural Africa. Two Australian doctors (including Maternity Africa's founder Dr Andrew Browning) at the forefront of an international effort to eliminate obstetric fistula say that they could succeed within a decade. The following...

Learning from and teaching our patients

Understanding the needs and concerns of our patients is very important, so that we can care for them properly.  The clinical staff at Maternity Africa also need to explain important and life-saving concepts to our patients as well.  Today, as we celebrate...

Reaching ladies in rural Tanzania

Today is World Day of Social Justice.  Ladies in rural Tanzania also have a right to access good maternal health care.  Good maternal health care helps to prevent severe birthing injuries, such as obstetric fistula.  At the weekend, Maternity Africa's...


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