Medical student saves lives abroad

Ghanaian woman
The medical student said where women gave birth there was rust everywhere Photo: ITV News Wales

A medical student from Cardiff has been helping to train midwives in Ghana so that they can save the lives of women giving birth there.

One in eight women die in Africa because of complications during pregnancy.

Mike McGovern is a fourth year medical student at Cardiff University and he’s been teaching midwives with the help of a training model developed here in Wales.

It was his first experience of working in Africa and he found many hospitals unwelcoming places for women to give birth with little privacy.

But Mike hopes the training, which involves acting out realistic scenarios, will not only help midwives save lives but also make childbirth a more positive experience for women in the future.

It’s hoped the pilot scheme will also be adopted in other parts of Africa and around the world.

We've produced some really good teaching material which I hope we'll be able to transfer to other projects in Ghana, but also other countries across the world.

– Mike McGovern, Cardiff University student