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What an inspiration Dr Grace Kodindo is to all of us. She is a remarkable woman of unbelievable courage and commitment. I so admire her
Ruth Thomas, Northampton, UK

Whilst watching the programme I was disgusted when the presenter interviewed the Minister of Health in Chad. Her childish attitude saddened me and am sure it touched many people too how the government of Chad is handling the problem.
Stephan Buttery, Chippenham

I think that the programme portrayed the problems in Africa in a very emotive way. It really upset me to see women so young dying in such ways that wouldn't happen in the UK. Something must be done to increase funding and the way that existing money from the oil is spent. Well done to Panorama for raising awareness.
Samantha Roberts, Chester, UK

In 1971 I had an amniotic fluid embolism - a usually fatal complication of childbirth. I was in the UK with access to medical and blood supply. I needed 16 units of blood! If I had been in the Third World I would not have survived. Women everywhere deserve a similar standard of care.
Judith Holmes, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

I had only question whilst watching this programme. "How and why do people sit back and do nothing, in full knowledge of this heart wrenching circumstances that these people are in?" We have to come together.
Amber, Reading, England

Horrific to watch, a travesty that we in the rich west can let such horrors happen in Africa. How can we dare complain about our own health system? And what about the responsibility of the drug companies? Grace is an inspiration. Very humbling to see such dedication, courage and determination whilst facing the injustice of such a poor environment and health system. Let's hope the G8 were watching!
Ruth, Bristol

The arrogance of the Minister of Health in Chad is unbelievable
Anthony Faniku
With all the efforts G8 are making to eradicate poverty in the poorer nations, it's a shame African leaders aren't taking responsibilities for their own people. The arrogance of the minister of health in Chad is unbelievable. It's obvious she's is unconcerned about the situation. I think the political leaders should be more responsible before the can be trusted.
Anthony Faniku, Stevenage, United Kingdom

Grace is an intelligent, caring and sensitive woman and if things do not change Chad may lose a skilled worker. I was very disturbed by what I saw and shocked that such things exist in today's society. I feel I would like to help but don't know how. I am very sad and at the same time very cross.
Mrs Louise Essawi, London, England

What an amazingly moving programme, Grace is a true inspiration. Maternal mortality is a huge problem and it should be far higher up the world's agenda. However it pains me to see that even the female home resources secretary of Chad did not seem overly concerned by the issue when interviewed during the programme. Without pressure on the West from within the developing countries themselves this problem is likely to continue.
Charlotte, Croydon

Well done! Your programme on maternal mortality was excellent. It's particularly tragic that a drug as cheap and effective as magnesium sulphate is not available to women who could benefit from it.
Iain Chalmers, Oxford, UK

It is just so sad to see that in 2005 this is still happening in many parts of the world. I haemorrhaged after the births of my 2 children and because I was born in the UK, I was afforded the appropriate medical care that enabled me to survive. Shame on everyone who allows the perpetuation of these unnecessary deaths.
Helen Morton, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Whilst the programme was very effectively making a wider point, I think directly helping via Grace, by sending her money to spend as she likes within the hospital, would I think, provide an efficient way to save a good number of "lives per buck". assuming it can be safely sent to her. Perhaps it would even be worth starting a sponsor the hospital web type page where other's can donate?
Adrian Mars, London, UK

As a woman who's survived pre-eclampsia twice (thanks to being born in the west) I'm saddened that the needs of women in the developing world during the most fundamental of female roles -pregnancy and childbirth, only rates 8th on the international list of 'must do's'. Dead mums don't cry. They don't get heard either.
Mrs E Capell, Coventry, England

Her frustration and personal commitment perfectly laid out Africa and the complex situation that it throws up
Elisa Anniss
The obstetrician from Chad was an amazing, brave and clever woman. Her frustration and personal commitment perfectly laid out Africa and the complex situation that it throws up. My first worry is that by standing up and speaking out will she continue to be safe? After visiting Honduras she understandably came home with hope, but these hopes were dashed by the defensive attitude from the female government minister. So far, corrupt governments are the common currency of many African countries. Colonialism is abhorrent, so how do people in this country (UK) make direct contact to wonderful people such as this woman directly? Also, if the G8 is really going to make a change how can they ethically side-step such government organisations?
Elisa Anniss, London, UK

I find it so amazing that still in the day and age, women and children are dying so needlessly. With such simple medication unavailable to treat such minor complications or prevent these situations occurring in the first place is astounding. I just hope that this programme brings home to all the people in the western world, how lucky we are, and how much we can possibly do to help!
Vanessa Jones, Milton Keynes

Amber - I quite agree. Giving money to governments such as that in Chad are not going to solve the problems of the poorest people. I was sickened at the lack of compassion. We must be able to reach out to people like Grace who really know what is needed, but how are we to know who to trust? For a start, can the BBC help us to channel money to Grace and her hospital?
Ros, Reading, England

What a very sad programme, highlighting an issue people really don't know about and that the world needs to wake up to. How promising and inspiring to see how things have changed in Honduras, but how sad to see the reaction, reluctance and pessimism of the Minister back in Chad? When will these people stop seeing the negatives and start making positive change?

It is all too easy to blame the corruption of an African government, when we seek to endorse it by not questioning the Western companies that profit from these situations
Tobias Rankin
A brilliant programme that I hope serves to highlight the issue and show just how easily these people can be helped. Grace is an amazing woman - long may she keep fighting.
Jennifer Titmuss, Cambridge, UK

Some of the responsibility for the poor conditions has to lie with the oil companies who are profiting from the resources of Chad, and the countries that benefit from their oil. Some of the inflated profits that the oil companies are making should be reinvested in the welfare of the people. It is all too easy to blame the corruption of an African government, when we seek to endorse it by not questioning the Western companies that profit from these situations.
Tobias Rankin, Newhaven, East Sussex

It is impossible for me to understand the apparent unwillingness of the minister for health to help to solve this problem. One would have expected a woman in particular to be really supportive of the work that Grace is doing. How on earth can the minister be so indifferent to this appalling situation when there are solutions so readily available?
Ruth Austin, Battle, UK

As a midwife I was aware of some of the problems in Chad but was shocked to see the appalling conditions and lack of resources that women were cared for in. The idea that tomorrow i would have to be in a situation of giving a family a list of emergency drugs and equipment to treat their loved one would be distressing to say the least. I commend Grace's courage and tenacity in an impossible situation. What can we do to help both politically and financially?
Margaret Redman, Wirral

If only the Minister for Health in Chad had just some of the integrity, dedication and compassion shown by Grace, the situation in that country would be quite different. Any payment made by the West for oil from Chad should have many strings attatched - in particular a requirement to listen when told how to run a health service.
John Hutcheson, Dunfermline, Fife

Unbelievable! I don't consider myself in the dark when it comes to issues like this but I had no idea of the extent of this problem. I had the help of many people in the NHS when I struggled to get pregnant and now have a wonderful daughter. The fact that women are dying in childbirth is repugnant to me, when the cost of the drugs needed to save a womans life is less than I spend on a bottle of milk to keep me in coffee for one day. I have to congratulate Panorama for a hard-hitting, hard-watching programme that could be so easily be switched off from. How can other women, disgusted by this, help? Not sure I would contribute to the Government of Chad, but I would happily pay a monthly amount into the bank account of Grace to use at her discretion. Can we help?
Louise McMahon, Oldham, Lancashire

Your recently broadcast documentary on the plight of obstetric services in Chad successfully highlighted the complexity of the challenges facing health care improvement in the developing world. The point was made that a change in attitude and govermental administration will be required in addition to provision of aid from the West.

I simply wish to point out that in the case of tonights broadcast, targeted aid to the women's hospital portrayed in your programme would be highly effective. Medications such as magnesium sulphate offer effective treatment for eclampsia/preeclampsia. Such drugs are manufactured on a non-propierty basis in the UK. The financial burden placed on multinational drug companies to provide such basic treatments would be minimal. I appreciate that such donations may only provide a tempory solution but could result in considerable numbers of lives saved. If pharmaceutical giants could be persuaded to make such a tiny gesture (in the provision of simple non-proprietary drugs) the impact on maternal mortality may be greater than expected.
Dr Jonathan Baird

So much more needs to be done, after all this is 2005 and people should have the right to basic care and medicine
Donna Roney
I would like to express my admiration to Grace. What a truly magnificent woman. I have been a midwife for 14 years, what Grace sees in a week I hope I will never see in a whole career. The desperation of the situation is alarming and I, like so many others, am ignorant to the situation in Africa. I pledged £10 to Comic Relief to buy one midwife a bag to conduct deliveries. So much more needs to be done, after all this is 2005 and people should have the right to basic care and medicine. Please pass on good wishes to Grace and the team she is a remarkable human being and an ambassador to Chad and her country.
Donna Roney, Stockport, United Kingdom

Grace Kodindo is an inspiration to all. It is a disgrace in today's society that such extreme suffering still takes place for the want of simple medical resorces. I felt outraged by their minister of health, especially as she is a woman! It is a mountain that Grace has to climb. Does Grace have a bank account that i can donate some money? I would love to help such an essential cause.
Hazel Ellerby, Nottingham

These tragic images of Chad are repeated at a horrendous rate all over sub-Saharan Africa yet without a radical mentality U-turn, the situation will, alas, remain the same. When a government minister trivialises the condition of a dying girl one realises that money alone is not the solution unless it comes with the selflessness of Grace.
Nicholas Kaba, London, UK

What a programme! Grace's attitude is very commendable but I do understand the very difficult situation she has to work in. I am appalled by the attitude of the Minister of Health who showed ignorance and indignance to the issue of marternal mortality. How do we expect to meet the MDGs with such leaders? I only hope Grace will have the courage to carry on and something will change with the powers that be so that adequate resources for work could be provided. The solution to such dilemas for most African medical personnel has been to fly over to Europe/UK and work in care homes and hospitals, but Dr Grace's resiliance is remarkable. Keep up the fight!
Osric Tening Forton, Brighton/UK




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