Saturday, July 6, 2013- the capacity building training program for 120 midwives from Sana'a, Taiz, lbb, Hodeida, Dhamar and Lahj governorates was concluded in Sana'a.
The program lasted for four months and included a 15 days course for each governorate aimed to provide participants with information, experiences and practical skills on how to use family planning methods. At the end of the program, each midwife received a complete midwifery kit including IUD insertion and removal instruments.
Dr. Nagiba AI-Shawafi, teh Deputy Minister of the Population Sector at the Ministry of Public Health and Population, said that the ministry pays attention to train midwives from promotion of reproductive health services at community level. Dr. Nagiba pointed out that Yemen has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the region. Thus, the Population Sector has set a plan to accelerate the process to USAID reduce maternal and infant mortality in 2013 and 2014. She hoped that the trained midwives will contribute to the provision of high quality services for mothers and children and reduce the maternal mortality in order to accomplish the millennium development goals (MDGs) 4 and 5.
Dr. Ashraf Badr, the Executive Director of Yamaan Foundation, asserted the necessity to continue such courses in the future as it has qualified hundreds of health staff and promoted health services in Yemen.
Tamara Halmarst, Acting Director of the USAID, outlined the support the agency provides to ensure and provide family planning and reproductive health to improve services for mothers and children as well as reducing complications of pregnancy and childbirth. The USAID has contributed to the training of 275 midwives from 13 Yemeni governorates and establishing equipped private home clinics to serve in rural areas.
Mo'mena AI-Sharafi delivered a speech on behalf of the other midwives in which she asserted the crucial information and skills they acquired in the course, adding that these skills will help them provide better quaity health services for mothers and children.