Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) has announced plans to partner Johnson & Johnson and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine towards improved healthcare system across Kwara State.
The partnership, which focuses on Emergency Obstetrics and Newborn Care (EmONC) training in healthcare facilities to improve health outcomes for mothers and their newborns, has already been active in 7 of the 16 Local Government Councils of the State.
Well-being Foundation says previous efforts have resulted in a 15 per cent reduction in maternal case fatality rate and a 38 per cent reduction in the still birth rate in health care facilities where the project is implemented.
Founder-President of the Wellbeing Foundation, Mrs Toyin Ojora Saraki in her address said partnerships like this are so important because of the huge improvements that can readily be made.
She said: “80% of all maternal deaths result from five complications which can be readily treated by qualified and trained health professionals: haemorrhage, sepsis, eclampsia, complications of abortion and obstructed labour. Our EmONC training is so successful because it takes place in-house and equips doctors, nurses and midwives, as a collective team, with the skills needed to overcome these obstetric emergencies.
“We will build on the lessons we have learned from our partnership to improve outcomes across all LGAs in Kwara State. I look forward to working together with our esteemed partners, local champions and health workers, to continue to save lives and help mothers, newborns and communities thrive.”
While also speaking, Michelle Akande, Country Manager for Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson in Nigeria stated that: “We believe, in partnerships, we can achieve so much more than what we can achieve alone. Because of partners such as Wellbeing Foundation Africa and the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, we believe we can achieve the aspiration of ending preventable maternal and child death. However, we need each and every one of you to join us because it is our collective dedication and commitment that will make this aspiration a reality!”
Dr Charles Ameh, Senior Clinical Lecturer, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) said: “What is particularly exciting about phase three of this programme is the ability to be able to improve the availability and quality of emergency obstetric and newborn care across the entire state.
The continued partnership with Johnson & Johnson, Wellbeing Foundation Africa and the Ministry of Health in Kwara State will not only allow LSTM to build the capacity of health care workers in LGAs where we have not worked before, but we will be consolidating the achievements of previous phases to ensure sustainability of the intervention.”
According the foundation, the training exercise will now cover all 16 LGAs and consolidate the work in areas which is already active. This follows the successful completion of the first two phases of the partnership, which is said to have been hailed as transforming the capacity of healthcare workers and their ability to save lives during labour.
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