Sandoz & EMwA provide training for 100 healthcare professionals

New Life & New Hope, a Sandoz corporate responsibility program, is committed to sponsoring four Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care trainings for 100 healthcare professionals, or midwives, in Ethiopia. The trainings of these 100 midwives will impact the care of approximately 40,000 pregnant women in the Addis Ababa area. The trainings are facilitated by the Ethiopian Midwives Association (EMwA).

“We are working with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health to address one of the most serious healthcare challenges facing the country,” said Ludmilla Reina, Sandoz Country Head, Ethiopia. “Enhancing the medical knowledge and skills capacity of health workers in Ethiopia will support the reduction of maternal and newborn mortality.”

In Ethiopia, the second most populous country in Africa and where 80% of the population lives in rural areas, most women give birth in their homes. If a problem arises during pregnancy or birth, the first point of contact is with the primary healthcare institutions, called health centers. Unfortunately, many health centers lack necessary medical supplies and health care workers often lack the medical expertise needed to help women with pregnancy complications.

“The United Nations lists reducing child mortality and improving maternal health as two of eight Millennium Development Goals to be achieved by 2015 and this focus on maternal and child health will likely continue within the new UN sustainability goals,” said Nick Haggar, Sandoz Head of Western Europe, Middle East & Africa. “Sandoz is committed to supporting the achievement of these goals by increasing access to high-quality, affordable medicines, as well as supporting improved healthcare services for mothers and children.”