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Capacity building of the health system

Strengthening competencies and training of health workers is key to maternal and newborn health and survival in low-and-middle-income countries. Maternity Foundation conducts clinical trainings of health care providers both pre-service and in-service with the aim of increasing the quantity and quality of skilled birth attendants.

Since 2013 Maternity Foundation has been a central partner of the Ethiopian regional health authorities’ Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn care (BEmONC) training programme. BEmONC training is corner stone of Maternity Foundation’s strategy to improve the skills of health workers and enable them to offer life-saving care. With accreditation as a training institution under the government program, and the support of MSD for Mothers, Maternity Foundation has educated a substantial number of health providers in BEmONC from a large catchment area.

Maternity Foundation also advocates to ensure that health facilities are supplied with drugs and medical equipment essential to a safe birthing environment.