Last week we learnt that further funding for global health has been cut. For the African countries where we work, this will have grave consequences for the poorest and most vulnerable. It means that in Somaliland, our project to improve care for 15,000 pregnant women and their babies will now not go ahead. Somaliland is one of the worst countries to give birth in, with too many women still dying of preventable causes, most commonly from excessive bleeding following the birth. The deep frustration is that we know we can change this – at King’s, our partnerships with Somaliland health workers, the active engagement of NHS volunteers and deep expertise of King’s College London academics, mean that together we have the skills and knowledge to strengthen the health system so that these women and babies can survive and thrive.