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Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care Training Program


Complications during pregnancy and childbirth are a leading cause of death for women in Yemen, most of which are preventable, if skilled birth attendants trained on emergency obstetric care are available. 

To reduce the deaths of women and their newborns, Yamaan with the support of the MoPHP and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) is managing the training of doctors, midwives and nurses in Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care (EmONC) through a partnership with the Yemeni Board of Medical Specializations (YBMS). This training will provide skills for birth attendants to respond to childbirth complications adequately and save the lives of women and newborns.  


To contribute to the National Strategy for Reproductive Health and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5. In order to do this, the program has two main objectives: (1) to improve skilled care human resources on EmONC services, particularly comprehensive EmONC, and (2) to increase the availability of competent, responsive, motivated and productive health personnel to ensure women with direct obstetric complications are treated in EmONC facilities.


The program launched in February 2013; by the end of January 2014, the first batch of 76 trainees from 18 governorates was graduated in the five EmONC specialties. Trainees have completed 200 theoretical and 1400 practical hours.

First Batch

In April 2014, the second batch which consisted of 218 trainees started their training. Eighteen governorates were represented in the training with the largest proportion coming from Hadramout where the standard of medical professionals proved to be high and met the selection criteria. 49% of the participants were male while 51% were female. By May 2015, the second batch will have completed 200 theoretical and 1400 practical hours.

Such results demonstrated key success areas including:

  1. The effective and fruitful cooperation and coordination between the program partners.
  2. The effective targeting and selection mechanism: participants represented eighteen governorates with 63% to 37% males to females, respectively. This diversity reflected the transparent selection mechanism based on the criteria set by the program technical committee.
  3. Good performance and high commitment from trainers and trainees.

Second batch

Duration: April 2014- May 2015

Number of participants: 218 trainees from 18 governorates

Hours completed: 200 theoretical and 1400 practical hours

Upcoming Year:

The third batch is planned to begin their training in April 2015 at three training sites: Sana'a, Aden and Taiz. Number of participants will be 175 participants will be chosen from around the country according to the selection criteria presented by YBMS.  The five EmONC specialties will be assessed by the YBMS to ensure the current capacities in the new training sites, trainers, and what specialties to be conducted.