A doctor who is flying across 24 African counties to raise awareness of ‘maternal mortality’ flew into Cranfield on the first leg of her tour.
Doctor Sophia Webster set off from Newcastle for the initiative called Flight For Every Mother, which is supported by Clearblue.
And after flying into Cranfield she visited the Clearblue Innovation Centre based in Bedford.
Doctor Webster has now set off on her journey where she will pilot a four-seat Cessna aeroplane between the UK and South Africa via 24 African countries, visiting places where many women tragically die while giving birth due to poor medical care.
A spokesman for Clearblue said: “She will make frequent stops to enable visits to medical and midwifery units.
At every unit, Dr Webster will take essential midwifery, medical equipment and training resources donated by Clearblue, which together with her clinical obstetric teaching skills, means she can go a long way to fulfilling her aim of directly improving maternal health and saving the lives of African women and babies now and in the future.”
Site leader at the Bedford centre Mark Gittins said: “The Flight For Every Mother initiative is a step towards improving the maternal mortality ratio in Africa by both raising awareness of the issue and providing education.
“Clearblue has decided to take action to support this goal and employees were able to get involved on Friday by packing the essential medical equipment that Sophia will be donating on her travels.
“We are all looking forward to following her progress across Africa over the next few months.”
Clearblue will also donate 1 US dollar to Flight For Every Mother for each new subscription to the Clearblue Flight for Every Mother email newsletter on www.clearblue.com