In Benin, 1,500 women die each year from complications related to pregnancy, childbirth or the puerperium – a total of 125 women a month. To improve monitoring and access to care for pregnant women as early as possible, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation has supported the implementation of the innovative "A Call for Life" program with its CARE partner, the Ouinhi municipal authorities and the Ministry of Health of Benin.
Applying a participatory, pilot approach, this program helps manage obstetric and neonatal emergencies better by providing training to healthcare professionals and using mobile phones.
Today, three years after it began, this innovative project is delivering results. It has ensured access to healthcare to more than 6,300 women and raised awareness among more than 25,000 women about best practices and danger signs, especially by making medical information available in their local language.
The Minister of Health engaged to have the project reproduced in other health areas in Benin. She also confirmed that the use of technology is one of the strategic priorities of her ministry and it would be widely deployed in the country.
The commitment of the Ministry of Health will be indispensable for the project’s sustainability and scale-up. The redeployment of midwives to priority areas and keeping them on-site will also be a key progress point. The ongoing evaluation on this issue will be closely monitored by the Sanofi Espoir Foundation, which has made training midwives a key priority.
- About the project "A Call for Life" in Benin