Despite recent political developments, Burma remains one of the poorest countries in the world. According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Burma ranks only 149th on the Human Development Index. Health indicators are extremely low and budgets allocated to health attain only 0.2% of GDP. This situation strongly impacts women's health.
Dala Township population: 150,000
Maternal mortality 177/100,000
Mortality of children under 5: 37/1,000
Six doctors and 21 midwives operate in the township
Kawkareik District in Karen State population: 480,000
Maternal mortality rate: 721/100,000
Mortality of children under 5:138/1,000
One doctor for 19,551 inhabitants and one midwife for 7,230
For this project supported by the Sanofi Espoir Foundation, PUI teams intend to help reduce maternal and neonatal mortality by boosting the skills of midwives via an integrated approach based on community reproductive health workers (auxiliary midwives).
The overall aim of the project is to improve the skills of midwives by means of continuing education and to create a network of auxiliary midwives who will be trained and mentored by experienced midwives to facilitate information sharing and referrals to emergency health centers.
The specific objectives of the project are to:
Improve maternal and child health services by boosting midwifery skills and supporting auxiliary midwives
Upgrade the skills of auxiliary midwives in the areas of maternal and child health to effectively improve the quality of services to pregnant women and women in labor, and prepare for the arrival of future auxiliary midwives as reinforcements
Promote access to quality reproductive health by developing a standard approach and running a pilot mobile health project
Directly improving maternal & neonatal health through one or more activities