Maternal and Newborn Health in Nouakchott

The project looks to support the rollout of a national strategy for reproductive healthcare. The project looks to support the rollout of a national strategy for reproductive healthcare. Copyright Sanofi

What are the health needs and challenges?

The health situation in Nouakchott is very precarious. Comprehensive care in Reproductive Health is inadequate, including the national reference structures. Maternal mortality is of 686 per 100,000 live births, and infant mortality of 12.2% before the age of 5 (27% during the neonatal period). Neonatal mortality is of 42‰ in rural areas compared with 39‰ in Nouakchott, which hosts 95% of pregnancies and 75% of midwives and pediatricians in the country.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

The main objective of the project supported by the Sanofi Espoir Foundation is to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity and support the rollout of a national strategy for reproductive healthcare.

The project’s priorities are to boost the capacity of health personnel in care for newborn babies, provide access to maternal and neonatal functional care, and inform and educate civil society in Sebkha and the general public about maternal and newborn health.

This action meshes completely with the strategies for the “National Health and Social Action Policy 2006-2015” which focuses on revitalizing the community approach so that all communities have access to basic healthcare.

Summary of impact and forward looking information

There were 106 health professionals trained in 2013.

Partnership information

Company(ies) Sanofi

Partner(s) Mauritania Ministry of Health, Mauritanian Association for the Health of Mothers and Children, Mauritania’s National Hospital, Santé Sud, Sebkha Healthcare Center

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

Therapeutic Focus Women and Children's Health

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

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

Region(s) Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) Mauritania

Start Date 2013

More information Sanofi Espoir Foundation

Anticipated completion date Ongoing