Group, Liverpool school partner on obstetric training for doctors

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By Aderogba George

Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine have entered into partnership to strengthen obstetric skills of resident doctors in Nigeria.

Mrs Adanna Maduka, Director, Policy, Partnerships and Grants, WBFA, said in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday.

She said that the partnership was aimed at improving the capacity of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN) to deliver the advanced obstetrics and surgical skills training to resident doctors.

The project, she said, would establish two centres of excellence in northern and southern Nigeria where the training would be delivered.

“The Emergency Obstetrics and Quality of Care (EmOC&QoC) Unit of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) is proud to announce its collaboration with WBFA in an effort to enhance emergency obstetric and newborn care (EmONC) in Nigeria.

“This project is funded through the Global Health Workforce Programme, which is funded by the UK Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

“It is managed by Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) for the benefit of the UK and partner country health sectors.

“The partnership is aimed at bolstering the capacity of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN) to deliver the Advanced Obstetrics and Surgical Skills training to resident doctors.

“The project will establish two centres of excellence in northern and southern Nigeria where the training course will be delivered,” she said.

She quoted the principal investigator of the project and lead of the LSTM’s EmOC&QoC Unit, Prof. Charles Ameh, as saying the unit has extensive experience in delivering maternal and newborn health capacity.

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She said that the unit has the capacity to strengthening interventions in Nigeria and across sub-Saharan Africa, adding that the project offers them the opportunity to further expand impact in Nigeria.

This, she said, would give the organisation opportunity to further tackle high maternal and newborn deaths by training local doctors in life-saving skills, for the care of pregnant women and their newborn babies.

The statement also quoted Mrs Toyin Saraki, Founder/President of WBFA expressing her organisation’s commitment to the project.

She stated that WBFA is honoured to partner LSTM and THET in the endeavour, adding that improve access to quality EmONC services in Nigeria.

Saraki said that through the collaboration, her organisation aimed to equip healthcare professionals with the skills and knowledge needed to save lives.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 30 lead faculty members have so far be trained to train others at the center of excellence in Lagos.

The initiative marks a milestone in LSTM’s ongoing efforts to strengthen healthcare systems in Nigeria and beyond. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Edited by Uche Anunne

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