Johnson & Johnson has partnered with UNICEF to improve access to quality health services and build capacity of provincial heath staff in four disadvantaged provinces in Vietnam: Dien Bien, Lao Cai, Kon Tum and Gia Lai. Key activities include building the capacity of healthcare workers at national and subnational levels on skilled birth assistance; implementation and scaling up of early essential newborn care interventions that are simple and cost effective such as delay cord clamping, immediate skin-to-skin contact with mother, breastfeeding within 90 minutes of birth, and kangaroo-mother care; and newborn care and early education. In addition, the program will support the training and placement of ethnic minority midwives to support home delivery among ethnic minority women in mountainous areas. The program is on track to train 2,100 health workers by 2020, and reduce maternal mortality by 75% and newborn mortality by 80%. Dien Bien Phu Hospital: Parents whose babies have just been born practice kangaroo care. These new families will also get assistance and instruction on breastfeeding and caring for their newborn babies. In Photo: Giang Thi Chu (mom)
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Raising the Bar for Midwifery Education
Enhancing midwifery education with standardized curriculum and assessment

Midwives educated to international standards could avert over 80% of all maternal deaths, stillbirths, and neonatal deaths and 50 other outcomes are improved by good quality midwifery care. However, midwifery education and training in low- and middle-income countries is under-invested with wide variations in content and duration and mostly fails to meet international standards.

We are working with a consortium of partners to raise the quality of midwifery education and training across the globe by strengthening global curricula to ensure that they align with required competencies and encompass the latest evidence-based techniques as well as developing standardized assessment and accreditation tools for training facilities, trainers and graduates.

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