E-Learning Program for Midwives

Partnership objective

Train midwives to a professional qualification in order to improve the health of Ugandan women who need it most.

AMREF has set up an e-Learning training program to allow 11,100 midwives to obtain a professional qualification. AMREF has set up an e-Learning training program to allow 11,100 midwives to obtain a professional qualification. Copyright Sanofi

What are the health needs and challenges?

In Uganda, 58% of women deliver their infants without the help of a midwife. According to the latest statistics from the Uganda Council of Nurses and Midwives, 11,100 midwives need training to be registered as professionals and provide quality care to the people.

Using existing traditional courses would be impossible to rapidly increase the number of midwives and ensure quality care for mothers in Uganda. New communication technologies, however, have the double advantage of rapidly increasing the number of training courses available and enabling health workers to improve their training whenever they wish at home or in the office.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

AMREF has set up an e-Learning training program to allow 11,100 midwives to obtain a professional qualification.

This program is part of the “Stand up for African Mothers” initiative, launched in 2011 by AMREF, with the support of the Foundation.

This international mobilization has for objectives to train 15,000 midwives in Africa by 2015 and to support the 2015 Noble Prize candidacy of Esther Madudu, a midwife from Uganda, as a symbol for all African midwives.

The project focuses on three areas:

Designing, testing and implementing a remedial eLearning courses for midwives in Uganda.

Developing skills and sharing of expertise between the AMREF office in Uganda, human resources departments in the Ministries of Education and Health and the Uganda Council of Nurses and Midwives be enabling them to design, implement and monitor training via eLearning.

Using the results from Kenya to influence health policy and replicate the program in Uganda and other regions by applying a reusable template for remedial health staff training in an environment with limited resources.

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Esther Madudu, midwife trained by AMREF and 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

Partnership information

Company(ies) Sanofi

Partner(s) African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), Fresenius Foundation, Regional AIDS Training Network

Type of Partner(s) NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Women and Children's Health

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

Program Type(s) Availability of Treatment - Financial Support, Health System Infrastructure - mHealth, Health System Infrastructure - Training

Targeted Population(s) Health professionals, Mothers, People with low income, Women

Region(s) Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) Uganda

Start Date 2011

More information Sanofi Espoir Foundation

Anticipated completion date Ongoing

« While e-learning in developed countries is often seen as a nice-to-have, in Africa and in other developing countries, it is the only way to quickly reduce the training and information gap across the continent. »

Extract from the most recent E-learning Africa conference