Boost Capacity to Fight Maternal and Neonatal Mortality

This program aims to boost the capacity to fight against the causes of maternal and neonatal mortality at each reference level of the care pyramid. This program aims to boost the capacity to fight against the causes of maternal and neonatal mortality at each reference level of the care pyramid. Copyright Sanofi

What are the health needs and challenges?

The Les Enfants de l’Aïr association operates in two areas in Niger and Guinea, where the health situation is precarious: Tanout District, Niger (648 maternal deaths per 100,000 births in 2008; 33 per 1,000 live births in 2008) and Kankan District, Guinea (938 maternal deaths per 100,000 births in 2010; 48 neonatal deaths per 1,000 live births in 2010).

In these areas there is a shortage of adequately trained caregivers and limited access to primary care in health facilities of reference.

Partnership activities and how they meet health needs and challenges

This program aims to boost the capacity to fight against the causes of maternal and neonatal mortality at each reference level of the care pyramid. The focus will be on improving the technical capacity of caregivers as well as the quality of care at community level so that maternal and newborn health is better managed.

This project forms part of the national health development plan and is based on:

  • Training for health workers: physicians, midwives and nurses who educate women during their pregnancy;
  • Providing the materials necessary to improve performance in technical care centers;
  • Educating pregnant women to identify danger signs during childbirth;
  • Raising awareness in civil society and among the general public concerning maternal and newborn health.

Summary of impact and forward looking information

In 2013, 243,600 women received awareness-raising support, and 203 matrons were trained.

 

Partnership information

Company(ies) Sanofi

Partner(s) Agaj-Assistance, Chirurgie Solidaire, Fassodemin, Guinea Ministry of Health, Kosimankan, Local hospitals & health centers & patient groups, Niger Ministry of Health

Type of Partner(s) Academia / Hospitals, Government, NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Infectious Diseases, Women and Children's Health

Disease(s) Children's Health, Family Planning, Sexual & Reproductive Health, Malaria, Obstetrics, Women's Health

Program Type(s) Availability of Treatment - Product Donations, Health System Infrastructure - Training, Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach

Targeted Population(s) Children, Health professionals, Marginalised / Indigenous People, Mothers, People with low income, Women

Region(s) Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 2

Country(ies) Guinea, Niger

Start Date 2012

More information Sanofi Espoir Foundation

Anticipated completion date Ongoing

« During delivery, you don’t want the sun to rise twice during labor; otherwise the mother will never see it again. »

Hadjia Dige Rabo, 70, midwife in Sabon Kafi