Jhpiego trains over 2,000 health care providers in emergency child birth, establishes 15 training sites

Addis Ababa – Jhpiego Ethiopia in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), regional health bureaus, Ethiopian Midwives Association with funding from UNICEF has trained 2,007 skilled health care providers in basic emergency obstetric and newborn across the country. Jhpiego has also established 15 training centers in eight of the 11 regions in Ethiopia to provide standardized clinical training to improve the skills and knowledge of midwives, nurses and other maternal health providers in basic emergency obstetric and newborn care. This was announced in Jhpiego’s Strengthening Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (BEmONC) project dissemination meeting on Thursday December 19, 2013.

The Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (BEmONC) training is a three-week training course for midwives, nurses and other skilled health care workers to deliver practical hands-on training in how to manage normal childbirth as well as complications in pregnancy, childbirth and the newborns. The BEmONC training is an integral part of Jhpiego’s mission to provide standardized and quality care in maternal and newborn health.

Since the start of the Strengthening BEmONC project in 2010, Jhpiego Ethiopia has trained 91 health care trainers from all over the country with the skills and knowledge to train other health care workers in BEmONC.

The 15 training centers are the first of such sites in Ethiopia. Jhpiego and its partners have established training sites in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples (SNNP), Oromia, Amhara, Afar, Tigray, Benishangul-Gumuz, Somali and Gambella regions. Each training site is fully equipped with training materials required for BEmONC theoretical as well as practical training including mother and newborn simulation models, delivery kits, computers, LCD projectors and other essential equipment to conduct the training. The training centers benefit both governmental and non-governmental organizations that need to conduct BEmONC and health related trainings.

“Jhpiego feels that the achievements of the project represent a significant step in contributing to the huge needs for the maternal health workforce in Ethiopia and we are honored to have played such a pivotal role with the Ministry of Health in prioritizing maternal and newborn health and hope that the outcomes of the project will go some way to ensuring that mothers and their newborn babies receive the critical care they need during child birth in health facilities across the country, says Jhpiego Ethiopia Country Director, Hannah Gibson.

“Jhpiego’s Strengthening BEmONC project came into to our region at the right moment. In Dessie Hospital, we used to have 50 maternal deaths per year. After the BEmONC training, the number has gone down to 8 deaths per year. The qualities of services we provide have also improved significantly. This is because the training consists of antenatal care, management of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia, postnatal care and so on. These trainings are also practical which in return develop the confidence of the trainees. You can simply see the difference between the BEmONC trained and the non-trained by looking at their confidence,” says Seid Tesfaw, Chief Executive Officer of Dessie Referral Hospital.

Jhpiego, an international non-profit health organization ( and affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, began working in Ethiopia in 2003 and currently partners with the Ministry of Health and other organizations to implement programs focused on improving the health of mothers and newborns. Jhpiego-Ethiopia also works in the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention, health systems strengthening, pre-service education, nutrition and family planning. Jhpiego works in more than 50 countries with diverse partners to prevent the needless deaths of women and their families. Developing low-cost innovations to address critical health challenges is the hallmark of Jhpiego’s mission to help countries deliver quality health care for their people.