Saturday, January 3, 2015- A graduating ceremony for 260 midwives was held at the Higher Institute of Health Sciences (HIHS). With support from Yamaan Foundation for Health & Social Development (the German Government Support through the German Development Bank - KfW), the HIHS in Sana'a organized a training program for midwives working in health facilities in the Sana’a capital city and 13 other governorates.
The program lasted for two months and included 260 midwives with a course over three days each. The training aimed to provide trainees with knowledge and skills on family planning counseling techniques and approaches so as to help spouses decide on the appropriate family planning method of their choice. The graduated midwives will further pass this knowledge and skills to their colleagues in each governorate.
Deputy Minister of Public Health and Population, Dr. Nasser Hassan Ba'oom talked about the need to qualify service providers in health facilities around the country according to ministry health plans and strategies. He added that 40% of the Yemeni population doesn’t get health care services which require more attention to the rural and remote areas, “we need to focus on both, qualifying health providers as well as providing health facilities to those living in rural areas” he explained.
Dr. Taha Yahya Al-Mahbashi, Dean of the HIHS, praised the collaborated efforts of the institute and Yamaan Foundation in developing and providing this important on-the-job training program to refresh and equip midwives in the different governorates with required skills. He also explained their partnership with Yamaan Foundation in many other training programs that aim to improve health providers’ skills and knowledge in reproductive health.
Dr. Majed Alsharjabi, Social Marketing Project Director, outlined midwives duty and responsibility to transfer the knowledge and skills they gained during the training to their colleagues in the field. He also asserted on the importance of these training courses on family planning and how it reflects on the life of the mother, baby, family and the community. Eventually he expressed Yamaan’s gratitude to the German Government through KfW for their continuous support.