Support a Midwife, Save a Life

Friday, May 04, 2018


Genaria Draha thanks SurfAid and midwives for her healthy toddler, Olianus.

Maternal and infant mortality rates in the remote regions of Indonesia where SurfAid works are some of the highest in the world. A contributing factor is there are too few health clinics, and those that exist are often sub-standard or too far away. 

SurfAid’s Mother and Child Health Programmes improve access to basic health care. Core to SurfAid’s health care interventions are highly skilled midwives, who provide life-saving health care for mothers and their babies.

Because of SurfAid-trained midwives, children like Olianus survive their childhood and grow up healthy.


Olianus is the second-born child of Genaria Draha, and is now an only child. Genaria Draha lost her first child at one and a half years old, due to preventable health problems. At that time, neither she nor her husband knew much about infant nutrition and the benefits of breastfeeding. 

Genaria Draha later gave birth to Olianus, assisted by village midwives. The midwives strongly suggested that she exclusively breastfeed for six months, and also attend SurfAid’s community health post every month to monitor her baby’s growth and wellbeing. Since then, she has been attending the community health post regularly, and Olianus is now a healthy toddler. Genaria Draha attributes her success at breastfeeding and other healthy, life-saving behaviours to SurfAid’s support through midwives.

Photo by Bob Barker.

In recognition of International Day of the Midwife today, and with Mother’s Day right around the corner, take the opportunity to give in honour of the mum’s in your life.


On behalf of the mums and babies who are alive and well because of a trained midwife, terima kasih (thank you)!