Maternal and Newborn Health in Nouakchott

The project aims to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity while supporting the country's national strategy for reproductive healthcare in Nouakchott, Mauritania.

Maternal and Newborn Health in Nouakchott

The health situation in Nouakchott is very precarious. Comprehensive care in Reproductive Health is inadequate, including the national reference structures. Maternal mortality is of 686 per 100,000 live births, and infant mortality of 12.2% before the age of 5 (27% during the neonatal period). Neonatal mortality is of 42‰ in rural areas compared with 39‰ in Nouakchott, which hosts 95% of pregnancies and 75% of midwives and pediatricians in the country. The main objective of the project supported by the Sanofi Espoir Foundation, Santé Sud, and partners, is to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity and support the rollout of a national strategy for reproductive healthcare. The project’s priorities are to boost the capacity of health personnel in care for newborn babies, provide access to maternal and neonatal functional care, and inform and educate civil society in Sebkha and the general public about maternal and newborn health. This action meshes completely with the strategies for the “National Health and Social Action Policy 2006-2015” which focuses on revitalizing the community approach so that all communities have access to basic healthcare. In 2013, achieved to train 106 health professionals.


  • Sanofi Espoir Foundation

    Advocacy NGO
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    The Sanofi Espoir Corporate Foundation was created in October 2010 by Sanofi to leverage more than 15 years of commitment to international solidarity.

    It is dedicated to...

  • Sante Sud

    Implementing NGO
    France | Staff size: 26-50

    Santé Sud is a NGO that works with international solidarity and specializes in the training of local human resources and the promotion of development projects. Health care professionals...

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Key Information

LocationMauritania, West Africa
  • Start Date 2013