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EU funds training for health care workers

Published:Sunday | May 31, 2015 | 12:00 AM
From left: Dr Kevin Harvey, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health; Lorna Owens, CEO, Foot Prints Foundation; Dr Fenton Ferguson, minister of health; and Jesus Orus Baguena, minister counsellor, chargé d’ affaires of the European Union Delegation, at the start of the training programme in maternal and child health delivery last week.

Facilitated by the European Union (EU) Programme for the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality (PROMAC) to the tune of €22 million, the training is expected to improve newborn care and emergency obstetric care in six hospitals - one in each of the four regions, in addition to two specialist hospitals - the Victoria Jubilee Hospital and the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

The programme is also designed to improve the quality of primary health-care services both in building the capacity of personnel as well as facilities to address high-risk pregnancies; collaborate with the University of West Indies in research and the training of health workers; strengthen institutional capacity for successful implementation of the overall programme and engage the support of civil society and the promotion of health-improvement behaviour.

In signing the memorandum of understanding for the programme, Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson noted that Foot Prints Foundation will be the training agency.

"Foot Prints Foundation will assist in providing the technical expertise needed for training that aims to improve technical capacity of both primary and secondary care health teams, to ensure quality maternal and child care," said Ferguson.

"They will also seek to provide support in the provision of equipment such as phototherapy lamps and infant radiant warmers to improve the capacity of Type C hospitals in the resuscitation and management of newborns," added Ferguson.

He said the investments being made by EU and Footprints Foundation are "a direct effort on their part to help us achieve Millennium Development Goal Four, which addresses the reduction of child mortality, and Millennium Development Goal Five, which speaks to improving maternal health."