As part of its charitable activities, MGF supports the work of other charities and not-for-profit initiatives with donations and/or technical support. Below are some of our recently supported activities.
Support to Decolonise STEM
MGF is supporting the activities of the Decolonise STEM collective, which works to critically explore coloniality, privilege, and power in and around science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The STEM collective has recently organised a symposium, which took place in October 2019 and brought together academics, practitioners and activists from across the natural and social sciences to discuss ways to tackle issues of coloniality within STEM and imagine ways to make STEM more just and more equitable for the future. With MGF support, the Decolonise STEM collective is planning to disseminate materials and talks from the symposium and to organise similar events in the future.
Bangladesh project (scoping exercise)
Two of our consultants, Jasmin Begum and Jules Robertson, are conducting a scoping exercise to support the possible development of a Community Birth Centre in the Sylhet region of Bangladesh. This includes engagement with local maternity hospitals, health professionals, health authorities and the local community. A visit in early 2020 is planned to conduct workshops/interviews with Health Professionals, local community health workers and local women and their families.
We wish to set up a Community Birth Centre in order to:
- Provide non-judgemental, practical & emotional support to vulnerable pregnant women during pregnancy, birth and beyond.
- Improve the experience & outcomes for pregnant and postnatal mothers and their families from beginning of pregnancy to until baby’s first birthday.
The overall aim and objective of the scoping exercise is to explore the feasibility of the project and underpin its development through identifying key components needed to support such a service:
- To discover the key factors that facilitate a functional, effective community birth service for vulnerable women, babies and families in a rural area of Bangladesh.
- To understand current knowledge and views of, and appetite for, a similar service for women who do not have access to any health care resources due to financial constraints.
A report of our findings will be available in Spring 2020. We would like to thank the Kathleen Hannay Memorial Charity for their generous contribution to make this possible.
Support to the Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning
In June 2018, MGF started supporting the Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning (PILL) as part of its charitable engagement.
The PILL was established in 1998 to improve the health and well being of people with an emphasis on mental health difficulties, and it focuses on gathering evidence to inform health and social care policy. MGF has been providing PILL with capacity and capability building in research and clinical trials.
One of our consultants, Dr Dung Jidong, attended a learning programme in Sharjah UAE hosted by PILL in 2018 and had the following comments: “The 2018 annual research capacity and capability building conference and training in Sharjah UEA was enlightening and inspiring. The conference was particularly beneficial for networking with other researchers from different countries. For example, an outcome from the Sharjah event facilitated a collaborative grant submission for a treatment intervention called Learning Through Play plus Culturally adapted Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy for depressed mothers in Kenya".
One of our consultants, Sarah Hale, who joined us this year, has began teaching English to members of our partner organisations. Sarah is a native English speaker and did her degree in English Language & Linguistics so has a wealth of tips and guidance for both spoken and written English. The sessions are held at least once a week, often twice, via a virtual online platform so everyone can still benefit from the lessons even whilst we are in coronavirus lockdown. The sessions consist of Sarah presenting a topic, for example elements of grammar or punctuation, followed by tasks she sets for smaller groups of attendees to complete in virtual breakout rooms, the answers to which are then discussed back in the main session. The aim of the classes is to improve English as a second language and to build attendees’ confidence in speaking and writing in English.