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BURMA

Professional training and a "Mobile Health" pilot program: mobile phones and technical support to fortify the network.

In Dala (a suburb of Yangon) and Kawkareik (Karen State) with PU-AMI

Ranked 149th on the Human Development Index, Burma remains one of the world’s poorest countries. Health indicators are at their lowest ever and the budgets allocated to health barely reach 0.2 % of GDP. In Dala township, there are only six doctors and 21 midwives for 150,000 people. The "Towards a Safe Motherhood in Myanmar" project aims to use training sessions to upgrade the skills of 20 midwives in the two districts, and create a community network of 40 auxiliary midwives, supervised by experienced colleagues. Using mobile phones, they will be able to access tools for diagnosis and treatment, and monitor and refer patients more quickly and efficiently.

CAMBODIA

Midwives and doulas - two key professions for reducing maternal and neonatal mortality.

In Kampong Speu province with Enfants&Développement

The program is intended to train 106 midwives for 37 health centers and 133 village doulas to inform and support women in 184 villages during pregnancy and the first months of their baby’s life. Over 10,000 pregnant women will benefit from this support during the three years of the project. Ultimately, it is expected that more than 80% of village women will give birth in health centers. The program also aims to have the training of doulas recognized by the government, as these auxiliaries play a valuable role on the ground by providing an interface between pregnant women and public health services.

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations
« Very bold measures are needed to make sure that every mother and every newborn has real access to care from a trained midwife. »

MEXICO

Scale up indigenous midwifery education through mentors & digital training.

Photo : It is essential to improve the training of midwives in order to pursue the roadmap for Goals 4 and 5 of the Millennium Development (MDGs) program after 2015.

In the state of Guerrero, with CASA Midwifery School

In Mexico, nearly 30,000 children die each year before reaching their first birthday and the current maternal mortality ratio is 17 times higher than the rates in most European countries. After opening the first private, non-profit midwifery school approved by the Mexican government in 1996, the NGO CASA aided the government of the State of Guerrero to open a second, this time public, school in 2012. The partnership with Sanofi Espoir Foundation is improving curriculum, helping new schools open, increasing access through online education and making possible the establishment of a team of 10 midwives mentors and professors who will help improve clinical and digital skills of midwives throughout the country. By the end of the project, 139 indigenous midwives will be able to offer improved services to 69,500 women each year.