Bath student midwife's African adventure
A student midwife has swapped Bath for Tanzania as she prepares to deliver babies in the developing country.
Rachel Murray, from Twerton, is in her final year of a three-year midwifery course at the Royal United Hospital.
As part of this she had the chance to take part in a placement either with a different British NHS trust or abroad.
Along with her friend Amy Meen, who works in Gloucester, she has now begun a three-week stint in the African country.
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Mrs Murray, 40, said she wanted to gain some perspective on the challenges faced in other countries, with one in 23 women in Tanzania dying in childbirth.
She said: "Maternity resources and facilities available in Tanzania are very basic.
"There is a chronic shortage of equipment with wards lacking everything from gloves to sheets for beds, mosquito nets and necessary life-saving drugs.
"We chose a third world country in order to gain a more global perspective on some of the issues and challenges faced by maternity and midwifery services."
Mrs Murray, who has previously worked as a teacher, is based at a small hospital which has only one doctor but sees at least ten births a day. They are also working with the Masai tribe in the Kilimanjaro area, on health promotion and HIV prevention work.