153 Midwives trained and counting… to save lives and improve a woman’s pregnancy experience!
When I attended the Lagos State Health Services Commission Nursing Scientific Conference in July 2022, the desire for training opportunities was loud and clear, so I am delighted to witness The Wellbeing Foundation Africa Partnership with General Electric – GE Healthcare, continue our Sonology Training Program for Nigeria’s Midwives on the Vscan handheld ultrasound machine at the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital today and tomorrow.
Based on WHO Antenatal Care recommendations, which aim to empower all women to access the type of person-centred Antenatal Care that they require and to provide a sound foundation for such care in accordance with a respectful and human rights-based approach, the training is the first time midwives and nurses in Lagos will be educated on the US machinery, further upskilling and developing the evidence-based practices and guidance to improve the quality of care provided to all mothers and babies throughout The Wellbeing Foundation Africa continuum of care.
It gives me great joy that The Wellbeing Foundation Africa is increasing access to training and medical equipment in Nigeria to empower safer births by engendering public sector midwives and nurses with the necessary knowledge and skills to utilise US machinery effectively. As national leaders in delivering a progressive antenatal intrapartum and postnatal care pathway, we are creating demand, as well as strengthening capacity, and providing a trusted community health centred approach daily to the early detection and subsequent diagnosis of women and neonates to minimise adverse complications throughout pregnancy.
A well trained and equipped healthcare worker delivering quality care to an informed and empowered mother is the difference between life and death. I appreciate the excellent stakeholder engagement with the Lagos State Health Services Commission, congratulate all attendees, and reconfirm the The Wellbeing Foundation Africa commitment to champion training, and empowering healthcare workers across Nigeria, to improve health outcomes for all.