Maternal and Infant Health Care Improvement Project in the Kingdom of Swaziland

From TaiwanICDF 2018-03-28

 

Project Description

 

 

Swaziland has the world’s highest HIV/AIDS rate, and the health needs and care of infected mothers and infants are serious concerns in the country. To assist in increasing accessibility to health care services, TaiwanICDF and Chiayi Christian Hospital are collaborating in implementing a project to improve the skills of medical personnel in Swaziland.

In summary, this project promotes:

  1. Capacity building among personnel at health care units 
  2. Upgrading the functions of health care units

Project Period: 2017.04-2020.03

 

Project Objectives

 

  1. Capacity building among personnel at health care units:
  • Conduct a maternal and infant health care review.
  • Capacity building for antenatal and postnatal care medical personnel at primary and tertiary health care units.

 

  1. Upgrading the functions of health care units:
  • Enhance the basic maternal and infant health care functions of primary health care units.
  • Advance the emergency and critical maternal and infant care functions of tertiary care units.
  • Strengthen the maternal and infant case management system of health care units.
  • Strengthen the promotion of maternal and infant health care training in the community.

 

Progress (Through the End of December 2017)

 

  1. Capacity building among personnel at health care units:
  • Submitted needs assessment report about maternal and infant health care personnel, as well as a guide to continuing training for personnel working in maternal and infant health care to the Swaziland Ministry of Health.
  • Provided a two-month training course on antenatal and postnatal care and case management to 10 seed instructors at Chiayi Christian Hospital in southern Taiwan.
  • Completed local training on antenatal and postnatal care and case management for 30 nurses and midwives.
  1. Upgrading the functions of health care units:
  • Provided a two-month training course on antenatal and postnatal care and case management to two seed instructors at Chiayi Christian Hospital in Taiwan.
  • Completed local training on antenatal and postnatal care and case management for 30 rural health promotion personnel.
  • Completed the initial donation of medical equipment to Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital and six Swaziland Nazarene Health Institution clinics.
  • Assisting RFM Hospital to submit standard operating procedures on maternal and infant case management, hand-washing and infant incubator maintenance.