Education and Training
As the demand for maternal healthcare rises, so too does the need for trained professionals. In Rural Ethiopia, there is only one physician trained in obstetrics and gynecology for every 2.5 million people. In remote health centers and hospitals nurses, nurse-midwives, and health officers deliver babies. These medical providers are also in short supply and often poorly trained.
In 2016, VHP beta tested a model for educating all health center providers in neonatal resuscitation and obstetric care. With permission from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), VHP is the first and only organization to translate the Helping Babies Breathe curriculum into Amharic, the Ethiopian national language.
Through our Skill-Building for Rural Health Care Providers Program, we have trained 120 nurse-midwives in the BEmONC training program and 260 providers in Helping Babies Breathe.
While implementing these programs, we found a severe shortage of nurse midwives, leading us to create a Nurse-Midwife Scholarship Program. Through this program, we have graduated five nurse midwives, and twelve are in training.
VHP training programs aim to build a strong and confident rural workforce that is fully equipped to provide skilled assistance at the time of delivery
of rural Ethiopian women deliver at home.
of women have their births assisted by a skilled professional.
In Ethiopia, there is only one OB/GYN for every 1.8 million people.
VHP was the first organization to translate the American Academy of Pediatric's Helping Babies Breathe curriculum into the Ethiopian national language, Amharic.