Safe Motherhood in Negeria and Ghana
Matercare International is a Canada-based organization with national branches in Ireland, The United Kingdom, Australia, The United States of America, Singapore and Ghana.
We have run safe motherhood programs in collaboration with health committees/district hospitals and non-government organizations in Nigeria (1992-1998) and Ghana (1997-present). These have included providing courses to upgrade the skills of rural midwives in Nigeria and Ghana, training local traditional birth attendants in Nigeria and Ghana, providing emergency obstetric transport services and blood banks.
The Nurse-Midwife Consultant has overall responsibility for the safe motherhood projects, assisting in implementing of the projects, project evaluation, providing workshops for rural and hospital midwives, involvement in setting up clinical research studies and liaison with local health committees and the Ghana Ministry of Health. These programs have been partially funded by CIDA. We are about to build a regional birth trauma treatment centre in Cape Coast, Ghana.
Currently, we have been asked to provide emergency skills workshops with Matercare(Australia) to midwives in East Timor, a country which is presently being re-built after it was devastated by military and civil strife in the 1990's. There are very poor health services, none in some areas, and in many cases the midwives are without support in the form of emergency obstetric back-up (there are no permanent obstetricians in East Timor at present). The N-M consultant is involved with course development, acquisition of suitable educational resources, and evaluation of the program.
In the future, we plan to introduce the model of the safe motherhood project to an under-resourced area of East Timor. As well, we have facilitated international field experiences for nursing, midwifery and medical students with the project in Ghana.
MaterCare International is a Canada based organization with national branches in Ireland, The United Kingdom, Singapore, The United States of America, Australia and Ghana.