Alvina: “Homeless, pregnant and alone.”

Episode 38

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Alvina Chibhamu was badly failed by maternity services and by the Home Office when she found herself having to claim asylum while pregnant.

In this programme, Alvina speaks about her experiences and we hear from Yusuf Ciftci about a new Doctors of the World report highlighting the scandal of failures in maternity care for asylum seekers.

Alvina Chibhamu is a human rights activist and podcaster from Zimbabwe. She is the Executive Secretary of the UK Chapter of Restoration of Human Rights Zimbabwe and is a board member of the Scottish Refugee Council. Alvina also volunteers as a doula with Amma Birth Companions.

Yusuf Ciftci is the Policy and Advocacy Manager – Participation Lead for Doctors of the World UK, part of the Médecins du Monde network. He is a refugee and is the founder of Experts by Experience Employment Initiative which helps organisations who want to employ refugees.

This podcast was recorded by Christianne Silverwood in 2022.

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