The Improved Service Delivery for Safer Motherhood (ISDSM) project closes this month, having met and exceeded all major project objectives.

CAM’s Director of Global Programs, Emmanuelle Hébert, emphasized the importance of this project, CAM’s first international project, and its first project undertaken in partnership with CAM’s twin association, the Tanzania Midwives Association (TAMA). More than a dozen Canadian midwives participated in the project over the two phases.

“This project gave us an amazing opportunity to cement our relationship with TAMA, to let midwives from Canada and Tanzania share knowledge and skills, and to launch CAM’s global work.”

— Emmanuelle Hébert

ISDSM brought together midwives from Tanzania and Canada to share their knowledge and expertise to develop a 5‑day Midwifery Emergency Skills Training (MEST). With relatively simple techniques, and practice on simulation models, midwives can master essential skills that can save lives. The training touched upon pre‑eclampsia and eclampsia, breech birth, twin birth, obstructed labour, and many other complications that midwives regularly encounter in their work.

By the project’s end in September 2018, 520 Tanzanian midwives have received MEST and another 24 midwifery educators will have been trained in Competency‑Based Education (CBE). CBE training guides experienced educators in how to better support and mentor their students in hands‑on techniques and clinical judgment, bringing students and teachers into line with global midwifery standards.

The success of this training shows that across cultures and across very different environments, midwives share an unwavering commitment to the sexual and reproductive health and rights for women and girls around the world.

The project was funded by the French Sanofi Espoir Foundation and ran for five years in two phases.

Videos highlighting the project’s aims and successes

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