A well trained and supported midwife can make the difference between life and death
To contribute to quality maternal and newborn care in Ethiopia, Rwanda and Tanzania, the International Confederation of Midwives has led and implemented the 50,000 Happy Birthdays project, from 2018 to 2020.
This report presents the project, its impact, and the lessons that we learned along the way.
The improved quality of care provided by midwives in project sites had substantial impact on health outcomes for women and babies. In the participating facilities, mortality rates dropped up to 57%.
Approximately 28,500 training episodes were delivered and an estimate of +20,000 individuals received training in at least one training module.
Faculty members and students in midwifery schools eagerly adopted innovative simulation and competency-based teaching and learning methods, using low-cost, high-fidelity simulators.
Stronger Midwives’ Associations cultivated new in-country partnerships, mobilised additional resources and improved government health policy for midwives, women and babies in their countries.
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Responding to the challenge
Building upon successful stories
Hands-on learning: HMS and HBS
The cascade model
Monitoring, evaluating and learning
Strong Pre-service Education
Continuous professional development in health facilities
Better outcomes for mothers and babies
Stronger Midwives’ Associations
What we learned
Guiding the way forward
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