FIGO Saving Mothers and Newborns

The FIGO Saving Mothers and Newborns Initiative was launched in 2006 with the goal of reducing maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality, and to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 4 and 5. This initiative aims to build and sustain the capacity of obstetrics, gynaecology and midwifery societies in 8 participating developing countries to conduct essential projects relevant to the promotion of safe motherhood and the improvement of maternal health.

The five-day program targets health professionals who provide obstetrical care, reviewing the top five maternal killers (post-partum haemmorhage, obstructed labour, sepsis, abortion complications, pre-eclampsia/eclampsia complications), and suggesting essential tools and problem management with the goal of improving care for mothers and newborns. The ALARM International Program has been developed with an emphasis on sexual and reproductive rights which form an integral part of the program’s content. Discussions of women’s reproductive and sexual health as an issue of social justice occur alongside hands-on practice of clinical procedures.

AOGU implements this project in partnership with the African Midwives Research Network(AMRN) Uganda chapter, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) and the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM). Other collaborative partners in this project are the Ministry of Health (Uganda), District health officials and the District Health Management Teams in Kiboga and Kibaale Districts, Save the Children’s Fund (SCF) Saving Newborns Program and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, New Mulago Hospital, Kampala.

The project aims at building the capacity and credibility of the national professional associations in addressing maternal and newborn health; and to strengthen provision of, and access to, emergency obstetric care (EmOC) and essential newborn care (ENC).

The project goal is to reduce maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity in Kiboga and Kibaale districts by 2010.

The project objectives are to improve women’s access to and utilization of EmOC and ENC and to strengthen provision of EmOC and ENC within 6 key ‘pilot’ health units in Kiboga and Kibaale Districts by 2010.

Since 2007, AOGU and AMRN volunteers have visited the 6 health units (Kagadi District Hospital, Kibaale HCIV, Kakumiro, Bukomero, Kiboga Distric Hospital, Ntwetwe), and have provided continuing professional development, complex surgery for complicated cases and on-job training for staff. Over 60 district staff were trained in the ALARM course and 250 community health workers were trained in aspects of increasing demand for emergency obstetric care – especially birth preparedness.
Learn more about FIGO’s Saving Mothers and Newborns Projects

View the Saving Mothers and Newborns Health Initiative flyer