UNICEF Presents Emergency Obstetric, Newborn Care Training Module to DOH

UNICEF Presents Emergency Obstetric, Newborn Care Training Module to DOH

 

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.

 “UNICEF presents these modules to Secretary Janette Garin and the DOH, since maternal and newborn care are key elements of our Hi-5 priorities. This is a very timely initiative, particularly in the context of the Philippines where one woman dies every two hours in giving birth. The MNCHN strategy seeks to mitigate the risks on the lives of Filipino women of reproductive age and their newborn children,” Dr Zeck said today, at the formal turnover ceremonies at the DOH.
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UNICEF Chief of Health and Nutrition Dr Willibald Zeck (third from left) officially hands over the BEmONC training modules for Midwives to Zenaida Recidoro, Safe Motherhood National Programme Manager, Department of Health (DOH). Also in photo are (L-R) Dr Cynthia Tan, Overall BEmONC Training Coordinator from Dr Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital; Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines (IMAP) President and Executive Director Patricia Gomez; Dr Diego Danila, Men’s Health National Programme Manager, DOH; Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Board of Midwifery Chair Dr. Alejandro San Pedro; Association of Philippine Schools of Midwifery (APSOM) President Maria Teresa Padilla; and Dr. Maridith Afuang, UNICEF Health Specialist.

 
Gako and the undersecretaries and assistant secretaries formally received the modules on behalf of Sec Garin, who is on official mission overseas.
 
In support of the DOH’s Family Health Office, UNICEF assisted to develop the modules as part of the Joint Program on Maternal and Newborn Health (JPMNH) with the Australian Embassy. The modules were created in close consultation with DOH Program Managers, midwives’ groups, academe, and partners like the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
 
According to the latest Philippine statistics, 3,800 women die at childbirth every year. There are at least more than 300,000 women under the age of 19 in need of proper care during childbirth especially in rural areas. Statistics also show that most maternal deaths occur during the intra-partum and immediate post-partum periods. Close to half of child deaths occur in the first 28 days or the neo-natal period.
 
UNICEF and DOH recently launched the use of the  harmonised modules in the BEmONC training series to rapidly increase the pool of trained health workers in as part of the DOH’s Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and Nutrition (MNCHN) strategy. The modules include essential intrapartum and newborn care (EINC) and active management of Third Stage of Labor.
UNICEF Chief of Health and Nutrition Dr Willibald Zeck (seventh from left) after UNICEF formally turned over the BEmONC Training Modules to the Department of Health. With him are (L-R) Dr Diego Danila, Men's Reproductive Health; Zenaida Recidoro, National Safe Motehrhood Program Coordinator; Maylene Beltran, director of the Bureau of International Health Cooperation; Dr. Joyce Ducusin Division Chief of Maternal Health; Irma Asuncion, director of the Disease Prevention and Control Bureau; Asst Secretary Gerardo Bayugo; Undersecretary Nemesio Gako, also acting OIC who delivered the acceptance message for Secretary Janette Garin; Undersecretary Vicente Belizario; Asst Secretary Paulynn Rosell-Ubial; Asst. Secretary Elmer Punzalan; Dr Mariella Castillo, UNICEF Health and Nutrition Specialist; and Dr. Maridith Afuang, UNICEF Health Specialist.

UNICEF Chief of Health and Nutrition Dr Willibald Zeck (seventh from left) after UNICEF formally turned over the BEmONC Training Modules to the Department of Health. With him are (L-R) Dr Diego Danila, Men’s Reproductive Health; Zenaida Recidoro, National Safe Motehrhood Program Coordinator; Maylene Beltran, director of the Bureau of International Health Cooperation; Dr. Joyce Ducusin Division Chief of Maternal Health; Irma Asuncion, director of the Disease Prevention and Control Bureau; Asst Secretary Gerardo Bayugo; Undersecretary Nemesio Gako, also acting OIC who delivered the acceptance message for Secretary Janette Garin; Undersecretary Vicente Belizario; Asst Secretary Paulynn Rosell-Ubial; Asst. Secretary Elmer Punzalan; Dr Mariella Castillo, UNICEF Health and Nutrition Specialist; and Dr. Maridith Afuang, UNICEF Health Specialist.

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