The Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care Training Programme, or EmONC is a ground-breaking partnership between the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), Johnson & Johnson and the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH) at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
The partnership focuses on EmONC training in healthcare facilities to improve health outcomes for mothers and their newborns.
80% of all maternal deaths result from five complications which can be readily treated by qualified and trained health professionals: haemorrhage, sepsis, eclampsia, complications of abortion and obstructed labour. EmONC training is so successful because it takes place in-house and equips doctors, nurses and midwives, as a collective team, with the skills needed to overcome these obstetric emergencies.
The partnership has resulted in a 15% improvement in maternal survival and a 38% improvement in the still birth rate in health care facilities where the project is implemented. It has now expanded to the whole of Kwara State, Nigeria: to over 600 extra health workers and 62,900 more women and their babies.