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Healthcare for newborns and their mothers in Togo

Improvement of prenatal and neonatal monitoring and care

The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) is heading up a project in Togo to improve follow-ups and healthcare during pregnancy and childbirth. The aim is to fight against maternal and infant mortality.

Fighting maternal and infant mortality at birth...

The WFSA is leading a project at the Sylvanus Olympio Maternity CHU¹ in Lomé, Togo, in response to the major public health issue of maternal and infant mortality at childbirth.  Today, in sub-Saharan Africa, about 80% of all childbirth takes place outside of any kind of health facility.

...by training local personnel

Two French obstetric anesthesia-reanimation specialists provide training for all personnel (doctors, midwives, nurses, auxiliary nurses, etc.) as well as “Teacher Training”, in order to ensure that the project is carried on by local trainers. This training includes theoretical teaching and hands-on practice regarding hygiene, the risk of infection, clinical surveillance and monitoring during labor, reanimation during an obstetrical emergency, etc.

… by providing maternities with the necessary equipment

In addition to training the maternity department’s personnel, the Foundation’s funding allows them to finance investments in medical equipment necessary for clinical surveillance and monitoring during pregnancy and childbirth. 
The next step of this project will be to extend this program to other maternity hospitals in Togo and throughout Africa.

¹ University Health Centre

World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) in numbers

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A nomination at the Air Liquide Foundation Awards 2016

Thanks to this project, the WFSA was nominated in 2016 for the Air Liquide Foundation Award for Social Innovation. Discover the interview of Pr. Philippe Scherpereel, Chairman of the WFSA’s Scientific Committee.

The 2016 Air Liquide Foundation Awards: interview of Pr. Philippe Scherpereel, Chairman of the WFSA’s Scientific Committee

PROJEC IDENTITY

  • Project initiator: World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA)
  • Location: Lomé, Togo
  • Year of support: 2014
  • Sponsor: Alban Houngnedji, Sales Director, Air Liquide Togo