07 Nov 2013

Footsteps across Iraq for mothers worldwide

Footsteps across Iraq for mothers worldwideIntrepid fundraiser Ali Reza Master is walking 80 kilometres across Iraq this December, battling the blistering cold and temperature, as he, and 17 million others, take part in an annual pilgrimage.

From the city of Najaf, widely considered to be the third holiest city of Shi'a Islam, to sacred Karbala, approximately 100km from Baghdad, Ali will be walking with a purpose.

Every step he takes will be raising money for AmmaLife, a charity dedicated to saving the lives of expectant mothers in developing countries.

Saving mothers worldwide

“Every two minutes a mother dies of pregnancy and childbirth linked complications. That’s 800 mothers every day. Ninety nine per cent of mothers who die are from low and middle-income countries. But the overwhelming majority of these deaths are preventable through low cost, evidence based interventions.”


AmmaLife is determined to stem the needless tragedy by supporting practical research, field projects and partnerships to improve maternal healthcare in locations across the world. With links to the University of Birmingham, Birmingham Women’s Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, the team is led by Professors Arri Coomarasamy and Harry Gee, both of whom hold long-standing track records and international recognition for promoting women’s health.

They evaluate and synthesise clinical evidence to inform medical practice and policy, and provide specialist expertise to other organisations promoting safer motherhood.

The charity also campaigns for global women’s health issues, and designs practical projects to be effective and affordable in low resource settings. For example, in Pakistan AmmaLife has developed a project to provide life-saving transport in medical emergencies for mothers living in inaccessible mountain villages.

Invaluable support from volunteers and donors

The trustees of the charity recognise that their work is only achievable with YOUR support.

Helen Williams, Ammalife research associate, said “None of our activities would be possible without the tireless commitment of our volunteers and the kind generosity of our donors. We are immensely grateful for the user-friendly “no fee, no commission” fundraising service of MyDonate because we think it is important for every penny of the money we raise to be spent where it matters most.”

Fundraiser Ali said: “I chose to fundraise through MyDonate so that people could donate towards Ammalife on a national scale rather a local one.”

You can support Ali’s walk by visiting his fundraising page.

For more information about AmmaLife please visit their website and MyDonate fundraising page.

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