Kate heard about the harrowing experiences of young women and girls supported by community midwife Harriet Nayiga when she interviewed the health worker for Nursing Times magazine.
The midwife is the founder of Milcot (Midwife-led Community Transformation) which works to help mothers in disadvantaged communities receive medical care before complications arise.
The two women chatted via video link in March and the conversation has been published on the International Day of the Midwife – May 5. The interview also marks the completion of Nursing Now, a three-year global campaign to raise the status and profile of nursing.
Kate told Ms Nayiga: “Hopefully one day I can come and see your amazing work first-hand. It’s so fantastic that organisations like Milcot are on a global stage, being able to share their best practice.
“You should feel hugely proud of all the hard work and effort that goes into it. I can see your passion and dedication.”
The midwife said about her community based work: “For these marginalised populations, to have someone to talk to, to have someone in their lives who understands what they’re going through, and who can help – that is what they need.
“As a midwife I need to be close, so that they speak to me, so that I listen to their concerns.”