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.
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.
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
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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.