The ground-breaking partnership between the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), founded by the wife of the Senate President, Mrs. Toyin Saraki, Johnson & Johnson and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine is being expanded to cover all the 16 local governments in Kwara State.
The partnership, which focuses on Emergency Obstetrics and Newborn Care (EmONC) training in healthcare facilities, aimed at improving health outcomes for mothers and their newborns had already been active in seven of the 16 Local Government areas in the state.
Mrs. Toyin Saraki, founder of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), said the partnership had resulted in a 15% reduction in maternal case fatality rate and a 38% reduction in the still birth rate in health care facilities where the project has been implemented.
“Partnerships like ours are so important because of the huge improvements that can readily be made. 80% of all maternal deaths result from five complications which can be readily treated by qualified and trained health professionals: haemorrhage, sepsis, eclampsia, complications of abortion and obstructed labour.
"Our EmONC training is so successful because it takes place in-house and equips doctors, nurses and midwives, as a collective team, with the skills needed to overcome these obstetric emergencies.
“We will build on the lessons we have learned from our partnership to improve outcomes across all LGAs in Kwara State,’’ she said.
Michelle Akande, Country Manager for Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson said, “We believe in partnerships, we can achieve so much more than what we can achieve alone."