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More efficient prophylaxis, diagnosis and treatment of prevalent complications in pregnancy through local staff trainings, equipping and refurbishment of health centers facilities in Dakar and Ngohe, Senegal

Despite the establishment of a universal health program in Senegal, the availability of basic health services outside Dakar and its suburbs remains very limited. In recent years – mainly due to vaccination – the mortality of new-borns, infants and young children has been significantly reduced. However, maternal perinatal mortality is still high at 370 per 100,000 live births (18 times higher than for developed countries). Also, mortality among new-borns is still high: 29 per 1000 births (i.e. 7 times higher than in developed countries). The first cause of death in women of reproductive age are complications during pregnancy or perinatal problems. Lack of access to health care and the low quality of medical services are to be blamed in particular.

Compared to state health centres, clinics belonging to the Private Catholic Clinics network offer high quality medical services. In order to be able to provide services in accordance with WHO recommendations, however, facilities must offer ultrasound tests for pregnant women.

Training and equipping selected Catholic clinics will increase their effectiveness in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of common complications during pregnancy.

More efficient prophylaxis, diagnosis and treatment of prevalent complications in pregnancy through local staff trainings, equipping and refurbishment of health centers facilities in Dakar and Ngohe, Senegal

The project will run from April to December 2016. Activities will be carried out in centres operated by sisters of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary: Saint Laurent Outpatient Clinic in Dakar, the birthing centre in Ngohe (Diourbel Region) and the Tivaouane centre. The project will be carried out by the Polish Medical Mission Association in partnership with local Franciscan Mission of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary.

The aim of the project is to strengthen institutions in prevention and treatment of common complications during pregnancy. Training will be conducted to improve the qualifications of medical staff, particularly in prenatal diagnosis. The standard of medical infrastructure in Dakar, Ngohe and Tivaouane will also be upgraded.

Direct beneficiaries include nurses and midwives, as well as 50 students of the St. Martin’s School for Midwives, who will participate in training in carrying out obstetric USG tests. In addition, the medical staff at Ngohe and Tivaouane will be trained on prophylaxis in pregnancy, childbirth and neonatal care as well as and first aid. The group of beneficiaries will also include patients receiving support from health centres.

The project serves the implementation of Priority 3 - human capital established under the "Multiannual Development Cooperation Program 2016-2020".

More efficient prophylaxis, diagnosis and treatment of prevalent complications in pregnancy through local staff trainings, equipping and refurbishment of health centers facilities in Dakar and Ngohe, Senegal

The project was carried out from 1 April to 31 December 2016.

Activities included training medical staff, refurbishment of the St. Laurent clinic in Dakar and the purchase of equipment for other centres.

Two midwives who work permanently at the Franciscan Mission centres in Dakar and Ngohe undertook specialised training in obstetric ultrasonography. Two ultrasound machines were installed in these two centres.

Training was also conducted on the basics of ultrasound reading, involving more than 50 students from the St. Martin’s School for Midwives in Dakar. In addition, medical staff received training in the role of social nurse, prophylaxis during pregnancy, uncomplicated childbirth, infant health prevention and first aid.