Lilongwe, Malawi. 2011
Rachel MacLeod is an english midwife who has practiced for nearly 14 years in Spain before moving to Malawi, where she worked since 2008 as a clinical midwife in the labor ward of the Bwaila Hospital, in the capital Lilongwe.
Rachel is not employed by the government but she is the local representative from The Rose Project, an Irish Charity who founded the new Bwaila Maternity.
Because of her capabilities and experience Rachel is a point of reference for all the other midwives, especially the youngest; she is a facilitator not only in the official trainings, but most of all she is a daily trainer, through her actions constantly teaching and motivating the other midwives, ensuring that all women and their babies are getting the highest possible standard of care.
Rachel works with intensity, energy and enthusiasm facing the emergency situations inside and outside Bwaila: she often visits at their villages women who delivered at the hospital, to control and verify if the babies are growing healthy and in good conditions.
Since Rachel was 14 years old her dream was to work in Africa. Arriving in Malawi was the birth of that dream.