By Muna Ahmed Ibrahim
In collaboration with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health and with funding from UNICEF, Jhpiego established 19 standardized training sites across the country in 9 regions to build the capacity of health workers in Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (BEmONC), to help save the lives of mothers and newborns.
This past week, leaders from across the Ministry of Health and partner organizations came together for a dissemination workshop to celebrate the major accomplishments of the project and discuss lessons learned.
During the project, Jhpiego worked to empower midwives and other health care providers with the skills they needed to train their colleagues across the country. Each BEmONC training site was equipped with training materials and clinical simulation models, and key hospitals were stocked with needed medical equipment like suction machines, delivery beds and air conditioners.
To ensure the provision of standard care, Jhpiego developed new job aids in essential and emergency care in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. These new jobs aids will help ensure that care is provided according to national and global standards, with an emphasis placed on compassionate, respectful care for women and their families.
“Many health care providers from different hospitals come to our center for training…[and it is} a good opportunity to enhance staff capacity working in the facility. There is no question we will continue the work,” said Ato Hedato Hasena, Shashemene Hospital’s CEO.