Education and Training
As the demand for maternal healthcare rises, so too does the need for trained professionals. In Ethiopia, there is only one physician trained in obstetrics and gynecology for every 1.8 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. We then trained 78 rural healthcare providers in this program.
Over the next four years VHP will launch three education programs:
1. Skill building for rural health care providers
2. Emergency Maternal Obstetric and Neonatal Care curriculum
3. Scholarship program for nurse-midwife students
VHP training programs aim to build a strong and confident rural work force that is fully equipped to provide skilled assistance at the time of delivery. Training students to become trainers themselves makes this effort more sustainable.
89% of rural Ethiopian women deliver at home, and less than 10% 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.
Two students in the pilot HBB training program practice on a doll.
"As a skilled attendant,
you make a difference."
Two healthcare workers.