Regional Program for Midwife Capacity Building

This partnership is part of AMREF’s “Stand up for African Mothers” campaign, training 15,000 midwives by 2015. This partnership is part of AMREF’s “Stand up for African Mothers” campaign, training 15,000 midwives by 2015. Copyright Sanofi

What are the health needs and challenges?

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.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

To address this imbalance, AMREF intends to train 4,900 midwives, including nursing midwives, in Senegal and Côte d'Ivoire. This project looks 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 and reduce the isolation of midwives and increase coverage in rural areas.

This partnership falls under AMREF’s “Stand up for African Mothers” campaign, a campaign to train 15,000 midwives by 2015 in 15 African countries.



Stand Up for African Mothers

Partnership information

Company(ies) Sanofi

Partner(s) Accenture, African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), Club Santé Afrique, Côte d'Ivoire Ministry of Health, Côte d'Ivoire Minsitry of Education, Côte d'Ivoire National Association of Midwives, Local government & associations, Local hospitals & health centers & patient groups, Raja Fondation, Senegal Ministry of Education, Senegal Ministry of Health, Senegal National Association of Midwives, Stavros Niarchos Fondation, UNFPA, West African Health Organization, World Health Organization (WHO)

Type of Partner(s) Academia / Hospitals, Government, IGOs, NGOs, Other Business, Professional Associations

Therapeutic Focus Women and Children's Health

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

Program Type(s) 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 2

Country(ies) Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal

Start Date 2011

More information Sanofi Espoir Foundation

Anticipated completion date 2015

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