Nancy Durrell McKenna

Founder, SafeHands for Mothers; Photographer and Filmmaker

Nancy Durrell McKenna is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker. She founded the charity SafeHands for Mothers in 2003 with the aim of reducing maternal and newborn mortality through the production of documentaries that raise awareness, educate, train and influence policy towards the health of mothers, newborns and their families.

At the end of 2011, Nancy flew to Sierra Leone to produce a film on the impact of emergency obstetric care on the lives of mothers and their newborns. This film is part of a program, Making it Happe,n funded by Unicef with the aim of increasing obstetrics and gynecology skills in health professionals in five countries including Sierra Leone. The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the Ministry of Health Sierra Leone are responsible for delivering this program locally.