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Cecila 67, from Zambia

“I was with my daughter when she went into labour. The baby came out and wasn’t crying and died soon after.”



Cecila’s story

After witnessing the death of her newborn granddaughter, and then nearly losing her daughter to complications afterwards, Cecila had many questions about why it had happened.



She decided to train as a Traditional Birth Attendant so she could prevent other women from experiencing the same tragedy.

In Zambia, almost one in ten children die before their fifth birthday.

Who we fund

The Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) uses money raised through Sport Relief to improve maternal health and newborn care. It also works to provide better training for health workers, leading to fewer mothers and babies dying from preventable illnesses.

“I feel very proud whenever a woman delivers a healthy baby. I feel good that something good has come out of the loss of my granddaughter.”

We’re proud to support projects like CIDRZ. If you want to help more people like Cecila, join your community at your local Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile.

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