The Sanofi Espoir Foundation, together with the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), has set up a collaborative platform where midwives can trade experiences and share ideas, projects and innovations.
In addition, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation launched a call for proposals “Midwives for Life Awards” to fight against maternal and neonatal mortality in developing countries, particularly for the benefit of the poorest populations by strengthening the practice of midwives.
Any qualified midwife who belongs to a member association of the ICM can take part in this unique recognition program, provided that their project is intended to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality and improve healthcare of the neediest women and their newborns.
These 6 first selected projects, of this call for proposals, will have trained by 2015, 4,200 midwives in the following developing countries: Senegal & Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Burma, Cambodia, and Mexico and will help strengthen the health policies of these countries. These programs will be supported for a first three-year phase and will aim at increasing the number and skills of midwives by improving training conditions, working to retain them in their jobs, and assigning them to areas where the needs are greatest. For 2013, Sanofi allocated €2.5 million to this project.
The programs will also expand opportunities for midwives to network more effectively with other health professionals and community workers in towns or whole regions, and enable all partners to share resources and expertise so as to fight more intelligently for maternal health.
|Location||East Asia and Pacific, Tanzania, Senegal, Myanmar, Mexico, Ethiopia, Cote d Ivoire, Cambodia, West Africa, Latin America and Caribbean, Eastern Africa|