Call for projects “A midwife for every mother & baby”


The Sanofi Espoir Foundation partners 6 new programs in the world to fight against maternal and neonatal mortality

December 12, 2013

In April 2013, Sanofi Espoir Foundation in partnership with the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) launched a call for proposals entitled "A midwife for every mother and baby”, aimed at fighting maternal and neonatal mortality in developing countries. The focus is on helping the world’s poorest communities by improving the practice of midwifery.

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The Foundation received 141 proposals from 45 countries and each has been carefully evaluated. A committee of experts from the ICM and other health professionals, including midwives, public health physicians, gynecologists and obstetricians, met on June 20, 2013 to select 6 candidate projects that best addressed the selection criteria.

  • In Ethiopia, the WAHA association project will target the midwifery skills gap by improving the way midwifery work is organized (infrastructure, facilities and medical equipment, transporting patients, etc.). Over three years, the project will upskill 184 midwives working in remote areas, who will in turn help mentor 1,000 auxiliary midwives.
  • In Senegal and Cote d'Ivoire, the three-year AMREF project will upgrade the skills of 2,400 midwives in rural areas using e-learning. The training curriculum will be implemented in the first year in Senegal, and from year two in Côte d'Ivoire, in partnership with the West African Health Organization, the health ministries of the two countries, the ICM, midwifery schools and 20 hospitals and health centers.
  • In Tanzania, a joint project involving Canadian (CAM) and Tanzanian associations of midwives will extend the activities of an existing network. Operating in six disadvantaged areas, the three-year project will boost the capacities of more than 320 midwives practicing in rural areas and re-engage them through workshops on emergency care, co-led by Tanzanian and Canadian midwives, and by setting up closer networking with village TBAs.
  • In Burma, a PU-AMI project will focus first on the slum population of Dala and later on the rural area in the State of Karen. The aim is to boost skills of around 170 midwives through continuing education and to create a network of auxiliary midwives who will be trained and mentored by experienced midwives to facilitate information sharing and the referral of emergency cases to health centers.
  • In Cambodia, an Enfants & Dévéloppement project will support the country’s National Health Policy by training and regularly assessing 106 midwives in emergency birthing in five health centers, by training another 133 village doulas (TBAs) and building a midwives network.
  • In Mexico, the project will help to scale up the two midwifery schools curriculum by including digital skills for increasing the number of clinically and digitally competent, quality indigenous midwives graduating from the current government accredited midwifery schools in Mexico. An elite team of 12 midwife mentors will also be formed. By the end of the project 225 students from Mexico, Panama, Ecuador and Guatemala will be enrolled and there will be 139 graduates. These 139 midwives will be able to serve 69,500 women a year.

These 6 projects will receive the Foundation’s support for three years with the overall objective of training about 4,200 midwives in 6 developing countries, in addition to the work being undertaken in already-ongoing programs: