Remarks by Ambassador Robert T. Yamate during the handover ceremony of donated equipment from USAID-funded project JHPIEGO to the regional hospital – Toamasina December 7, 2015
- Mesdames et Messieurs, Bonjour.
- I am very pleased to be here today to officially launch the Maternal and Child Survival program (MCSP) in the Atsinanana region.
- Improving maternal and child health is of utmost importance to the United States Government. In Madagascar, 10 women die every day of complications related to pregnancy or childbirth.
- These deaths are preventable if women have access to skilled and quality care. The Government of Madagascar has a new roadmap to accelerate the reduction in maternal and neonatal deaths.
This roadmap prioritizes assistance to health facilities so that they can provide effective treatments around the time of birth. This includes emergency obstetrical care and essential newborn care.
- The United States government, through USAID supports the Ministry of Health in implementing this roadmap through its health projects. Our support – through the MCSP – includes in-service training for providers in 15 regions (including the Atsinanana region)
- This targeted training ensures:
- that health care providers have updated knowledge and skills to care for mothers and newborns;
- midwives have access to pre-service education that meets international standards;
- clinical training sites in each region have the most up-to-date courses in order to train providers and midwifery students; and
- health facilities have the necessary equipment for providers to practice their newly acquired skills.
- Today, I am very happy to hand over this equipment to the University Hospital (CHU) and the midwifery school that MCSP supports. This basic equipment for the CHU delivery room ensures that mothers and newborn children receive adequate care on the “day of birth.”
- Additional equipment for the Skills Laboratory will help midwifery students practice skills that they have learned.
- The United States Government, through USAID, will continue to support the Government of Madagascar and Ministry of Health in improving the health of mothers and children of Madagascar.
- Collaboration with Mercy Ship is now under discussion, and MCSP and the Mercy Ship will both support CHU Toamasina in this endeavor to provide standardized, quality care.
- Mercy Ship has recently renovated the surgery bloc and trained their staff on a safe surgery checklist. They are also eager to work with MCSP to train, coach and provide other support to the Maternity staff.
- Collaboration with Mercy Ship will expand to other regions as MCSP supports hospitals in improving their quality of care. MCSP will build on these efforts to introduce safe surgery (caesarian section) activities in the hospital.
- I look forward to hearing about the growth of these collaborations and especially about the positive results for mothers and newborns.
- Thank you for providing me with this opportunity to meet you and to see, first-hand, your hard work and the fruits of your efforts.