UNICEF Philippines has turned over to the Department of Health the harmonised modules on Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (BEmONC) to equip all Filipino midwives to standardize the quality of care. Dr Willibald Zeck, UNICEF Philippines Chief of Health and Nutrition, presented the training modules to DOH Usec Nemesio Gako, Usec Vicente Belizario, Jr., Asec Paulynn Rosell-Ubial, Asec Gerardo Bayugo, and other DOH senior officials.
Dr Zeck lauded the BEmONC approach that highlights the importance of having committed and skilled health professionals in health facilities to improve access and utilisation of quality health interventions at all stages of pregnancy and child care – from delivery, and up to the child’s early years. Dr Zeck added that beyond training, a plan to systematically scale-up the training and maintain the quality of care after the training underlies most success stories.
Participants’ modules, Facilitators’ Manual and a CD with updated materials on all the BEmONC topics, will be disseminated across the country including the DOH accredited training centres.
“We are thankful for the generous support and cooperation of our partners – the Australian Government, DOH, the UNFPA and WHO for supporting this initiative. We also thank the health associations including the Board of Midwifery, Integrated Midwives Association (IMAP) and Association of Philippine Schools of Midwifery (APSOM); and all the participating midwives, for their contribution. This lays a key milestone in our ability to reach all parts of the country, including remote and disadvantaged areas, with inclusive and quality maternal and neonatal care,” said UNICEF Philippines Representative Lotta Sylwander.
– UNICEF, Medical Observer