03.08.2017 | fondazione zegna

Training obstetricians: a lesson in life from Mozambique

AMREF’s “Stand Up for African Mothers” project, funded by Fondazione Zegna, has trained nearly 200 women so far

Reducing maternal, neonatal and infantile mortality by training obstetricians and upgrading state-run training facilities: such is the mission of AMREF’s “Mozambique obstetrician training project”, which is funded by Fondazione Zegna.

The training activities mainly address new general obstetrics personnel and staff already working in emergency obstetrics units in hospitals in Inhambane and Massinga (Inhambane province) and in Beira (Safala province). The project is operating on two fronts: on one hand, the production of training and refresher courses and quality education programs; and on the other, supply of teaching material and equipment for select healthcare training facilities.

To achieve the project’s targets, 35 obstetrics instructors have been trained, 121 students graduated in 2016 and 132 students are currently attending courses. Taking previous years into account as well, a total of 192 emergency obstetricians have now been trained or are still under training, which is 69% of the final target of 275 obstetricians for 2019. In addition to these, another 63 students graduated this July from the Inhambane and Nhamatanda training center.

Areas of study most appreciated by the students include physiological pregnancy daycare, birth facilitation massaging and identification of signs indicating a healthy new born baby. The percentage of students successfully passing their exams rose to 94% in 2016. Also in 2016, healthcare training facilities were given 290 equipment kits (desk and tables) and 324 learning material kits (especially books).