“Motherhood has changed me completely and truly. I want to fight the good fight for mothers, babies, women and refugees. But we can only win this fight if we all work together.”
The Aminata Maternal Foundation is an Australian Non-Profit Organisation that empowers women in Sierra Leone focusing on maternal health and the creation of sustainable communities. The organisation was founded to improve the health and well-being of women and children, boost health resources, and contribute to the decrease of unacceptable infant and maternal mortality rates.
AMF came about following the birth of Aminata Conteh-Biger’s two beautiful children. Experiencing high-quality health care in Australia during her own pregnancy, Aminata felt compelled to seek improvements for women in her country of birth.
Although a diverse range of interventions, including the Sierra Leone Government’s recent contributions to significant improvements in the healthcare system as a whole, challenges remain in maternal, reproductive and child health. As a consequence mothers and children continue to suffer.
Sarafina’s birth was difficult, with up to seven doctors in the delivery suite to ensure the safety of mother and daughter. Aminata was keenly aware that had she still been in Sierra Leone it was unlikely that she and Sarafina would have survived, and decided that she had to help her former countrywomen.