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Nobel hopeful visits London hospital

Posted: 18 December 2012 by Rob Dabrowski

A Ugandan midwife hoping to win the Nobel Peace Prize has visited London to discuss innovation and advances. 


Esther Madudu visited the Royal London Hospital as part of a collaboration aimed at dramatically reducing maternal death rates in sub-Saharan Africa.

Sandra Reading, director of women’s services at Barts Health NHS Trust, said: ‘We are thrilled to be welcoming Esther to the Royal London. 

‘We see this is a great honour and opportunity for midwives and obstetricians working at Barts Health NHS Trust to meet and learn about the work being done in Africa. It is also a wonderful way for us to share knowledge through experience and look at possible opportunities for future collaboration.’

Esther has been put forward and is hoping to be a candidate for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. 

She has been selected as a representative for all African midwives and needs to pass 100,000 signatures to be in with a chance.  

Esther is also the face of the Stand Up for African Mothers campaign – a major drive by AMREF, Africa’s leading health charity, to train an additional 15,000 African midwives by 2015. 

Every year in sub-Saharan Africa, around a million children are left without a mother because of death in childbirth, although mortality rates have reduced by 41% in the last 20 years. 

It is estimated that up to three-quarters of maternal deaths could be prevented and two-thirds of newborn babies’ lives could be saved by better care during childbirth.

Esther said: ‘I feel so proud to be representing African midwives, but it should excite me so much, because it’s not a good situation – we need help.

‘We will win. African midwives will win, I’m sure of that, and I feel so proud to be representing the midwives of Africa. The prize will not be for me, but it will be for all African midwives.’


In rural Uganda, where Esther works, many women have to give birth on the concrete floor of a busy health centre, often with no power and with minimal support from a doctor. 

To support Esther in the Nobel Peace Prize bid, please click here, and please click here for more information of AMREF.