Boost for midwives as govt receives 40 mobile kits

22Mar 2016
Our Reporter
The Guardian
Boost for midwives as govt receives 40 mobile kits

THE government yesterday received 40 Innovative Mobile Learning (IML) Technology kits to train midwives and their tutors in a move aimed at improving maternal, new born and child healthcare.

UNFPA country representative, Dr Natalia Kanem (r) addressing a meeting.

Speaking at the official launch of the Mobile Learning System yesterday in Dar es Salaam, chief medical officer, Prof Muhamadi Kambi, said the kits would be distributed to ten training colleges for midwives across Tanzania.

He said the move was aimed at equipping midwives with new skills on how to dispense better healthcare services in rural areas.

Prof Kambi further said the system would add more value and complement Tanzania’s efforts to improve maternal newborn and child health through innovative learning.

“I’m made to understand that Ethiopia and Tanzania are two countries hosting this pilot innovative mobile learning system,” he said.

“I hope the system will put together 40 sets of low-cost technology kits in the country with pre-loaded training materials on life-saving skills for midwives and midwive tutors,” she added.

He noted that midwives and their tutors will be enabled to use simple technology in sustaining the quality of care for maternal newborn and child health in the country.

He, however, urged participants to utilise available opportunities to improve their skills by using the technology.
According to him, the ministry was eager to have midwives and midwive tutors who were competent in providing maternal, newborn and child healthcare.

For her part, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) country representative Dr Natalia Kanem said the MLS kits would bring about change in the maternal, newborn and child healthcare.

She further said that once the programme had registered remarkable success, it would be extended to other countries.

“Maternal deaths are still high, standing at 432 children per 1000 births annually. Concerted efforts are needed to ensure that services are improved to ensure the problem is dealt with, “she said.

Two year ago, it was reported that Tanzania had not made sufficient progress to achieve the Millennium Development Goal Number Five (MDG 5), reduced maternal mortality and morbidity rates.

The warning was given by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2015 in its MDG Countdown Report which said the goal could only be achieved if supportive policies were put in place.