Midwives from across the UK have been urged to volunteer to train African nurses to deliver babies in a bid to reduce the number of women and children who die in childbirth in sub-Saharan Africa.
Volunteer organisation VSO said that every year 350,000 women die in childbirth across the globe, with the majority of the deaths taking place in developing countries.
A spokesman said many lives could be saved if health workers in developing countries were given better training and the believe UK professionals may be able to help.
VSO’s UK director Angela Salt said: “VSO’s health volunteers overcome many challenges to make a real difference in improving maternal and child healthcare.
“They introduce simple techniques that save lives and pass on their skills so more trained health professionals can fill these shortages for the long term.
“I urge experienced midwives, senior trainee doctors and nurses to consider volunteering.
“You could help hospital staff identify solutions to problems, train new students or work in health ministries in countries with the greatest need, such as Sierra Leone, Malawi and Ethiopia,” she said.