Please join us for our July meeting.
We are especially pleased that Nancy Durrell McKenna from Safe Hands for Mothers will be joining us for a session on ”The Hidden Truth of Being Female”.
Nancy moved to London from Canada in 1976 and began a career as a photojournalist, which took her around the world documenting the lives of women, their work, their traditions and individual stories of their childbirth. Her images have been commissioned by Oxfam, Save the Children, CIDA, VSO, and IPPF and she was awarded the 2007 Combined Royal Colleges Medal from the Royal Photographic Society for her outstanding contribution to photography in the service of medicine and surgery.
Having worked in some of the world’s remotest areas, Nancy saw at first hand women die giving birth simply because skilled help could not arrive quickly enough: there were often no health centres and no transport to get women to what facilities there were. The most recent figures from the WHO are shocking: 1:4600 women die in pregnancy and childbirth in the UK; 1:30 die in sub-Saharan Africa.
This was the inspiration for Nancy to channel her photographic and documentary talents to make a difference. Combining the power of the visual image with the vision that no woman should die in pregnancy or childbirth, Nancy founded the charity SafeHands for Mothers in 2003. The charity’s aim is to make training films to educate front line health workers and documentaries to advocate for improved health care for pregnant women, newborns and their communities. The films tackle subjects such as child marriage, obstetric fistula, HIV/Aids and female genital mutilation/cutting.
Yet the fact that there are still 800 women and 8,500 babies dying every day is a tragedy and SafeHands will continue with renewed effort to achieve the vision of a world where no woman dies in pregnancy or childbirth.
New members and guests all welcome – and one meeting definitely not to miss.
From 7:30pm (Drinks before hand, meeting starts at 7:45pm)
Diana Whitmore is hosting our meeting this June, and we will be meeting at her offices at:
The Phyosynthesis Educational Trust
94 Tooley Street
- approximately 5 minutes from London Bridge station (Tooley Street exit).
The meal will be a buffet with sandwiches and light refreshments, so we don’t need to pre-order any meals.
For the evening including food & wine is £20 member £25 non-member.
Note payment is cash or cheque on the night.
For any further enquiries please email us at contact @ zontasouthbank.org.