Vivian Ametodzie on first sight doesn’t look like your typical Ghanaian midwife. Fair in complexion and unassuming in looks, Vivian is actually one of Agona Swedru’s eloquent and dedicated rotational midwives who ply her trade in two health facilities – the Duakwa Community Salvation Army Clinic and the Nsaba health centre.
For over a decade, taxi drivers from the Gomoa Ajumako Ayan Assiem District in Ghana’s central region have helped save the lives of mothers and babies. The region has come a long way since recording the highest rates of maternal mortality in the early 2000s, with not a single case documented since 2006. Taxi drivers have played a big part in this success story.
Professor Fred T. Sai is a towering Ghanaian figure in the global community of women’s sexual and reproductive health. He is an authority on health, nutrition, population and family planning, and has received more international honours for his work in support of women’s rights than he cares to mention in his autobiography.
Affectionately called “Auntie Midwife”, Dr. James Clayman is a Medical Superintendent and Obstetrician Gynaecologist whose passion for his job has endeared him to many Ghanaians. While working at the La General Hospital in 2006, Dr. Clayman decided to volunteer his services part time to the Amasaman Health Centre (which is now the Ga West Municipal Hospital): an institution which was severely afflicted by limited staff and many logistical constraints; and where maternal and newborn deaths were all to frequent.