The UK government has announced it is matching public donations to Soccer Aid for Unicef, enabling the organisation to train midwives in Sierra Leone and Zambia.
“Since 2012, our partnership with Soccer Aid for Unicef has saved lives across the world’s poorest countries by reducing child mortality and helping transform maternal and new born care for more than 4.5 million people,” says Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt.* “By teaming up again this year, we will be helping even more children to play, live healthy lives and reach their full potential.”
As well as newly trained midwives, the funds will also help parents and communities understand the best nutrition for their children; support the treatment of malnutrition and train pre-school teachers to help build early learning centres, so children can learn and thrive in the critical early years.
*Please note: This is an old article. The current Secretary of State for International Development is Rory Stewart.