Fighting against maternal and neonatal mortality

Regional Program for Midwife Capacity Building

Regional Program for Midwife Capacity Building Credits B. Tocaben
[...] While e-learning in developed countries is often regarded as a nice-to-have, it is the only way for Africa and other developing countries to quickly reduce the training and information gap on the continent.

Extract from the latest E-Learning Africa conference

Location of Project Senegal, Ivory Coast
Name of Association Regional Program for Midwife Capacity Building
AMREF Flying Doctors
Project Partners
(financial and operational)
  • Ministries of Health and Education
  • Training Schools
  • National Association of Midwives
  • Hospitals and health centers
  • MAEE
  • WAHO
  • ICM
  • WHO
  • AMPS
  • Accenture
  • Club Santé Afrique
  • Stavros Niarchos Fondation
  • Raja Fondation

Program description

Each year 162,000 mothers die in Africa due to the lack of basic medical care and the shortage of skilled health staff. In most African countries, the number of trained professionals is inadequate and poorly distributed. Health campaigns clearly suffer from the way health personnel are distributed geographically.

In Senegal, there are two midwives for every 1,000 live births.The maternal mortality and infant-child mortality rate is 401 per thousand live births. And almost one in every two women receives no assistance from a skilled carer.

In Côte d'Ivoire, the medical facilities have seriously deteriorated after years of political instability. Although there has been a slight drop in the infant mortality rate since 1990, it still remains high. The gradual introduction of free maternal health care is increasingly costly for a still-fragile health care system.

To address this imbalance, AMREF intends to train 15,000 midwives by 2015 in 15 African countries, including 4,900 midwives (including nursing midwives) in Senegal and Côte d'Ivoire.

Project goals

To upgrade the skills of midwives in rural areas in order to reduce maternal and infant mortality and more specifically to:

  • Roll out e-learning training courses for midwives
  • Build a regional e-learning platform
  • Increase the number of centers using distance learning
  • Transfer skills to local players involved in the program
  • Increase the number of women and children who have access to healthcare
  • Increase the number of women receiving care during childbirth
  • Reduce the isolation of midwives and increase coverage in rural areas