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Project Name: Maternal and Infant Health Care Improvement Project in the Kingdom of Eswatini (Phase II)
Project Description: Improving maternal and child health are key objectives of the National Development Strategy 2022 of Eswatini, Taiwan’s partner country in Africa. However, the biggest challenge is a lack of comprehensive maternal and infant healthcare from pregnancy through delivery to postnatal care, which also makes it difficult to detect high-risk pregnancy to then provide appropriate care and reduce preterm labor and neonatal mortality.
The TaiwanICDF has cooperated with Chiayi Christian Hospital, Eswatini Ministry of Health and Swaziland Nazarene Health Institution (SNHI) since 2016, to assist SNHI in improving the maternal and infant health care capacity of Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital (RFMH) and its six affiliated primary clinics in the Manzini region. Based on the phase I experience, this project will continue to cooperate with Eswatini Ministry of Health and expand the scope to cover the selected health facilities throughout the

whole country. This project is expected to improve the institutional capacity for maternal and infant health care and the contents include:
A.Enrich health care personnel with knowledge in high-risk group care
B.Upgrade the functions of health care facilities
C.Strengthen maternal and infant health care education in the community
D.Enhance data analysis capacity

Implementation Start Date: 2019/1/1
Implementation End Date: 2023/12/31
Source of Funding: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROC(Taiwan)/Ministry of Health, Eswatini/Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital/Chiayi Christian Hospital
Project Objectives: The objectives of this project are:
1.Enrich health care personnel with knowledge of high-risk group care among maternal and children.
(1)Capacity building among health care personnel for caring high risk maternal and children.

2.Upgrade the functions of health care facilities.
(1)Upgrade the basic maternal and infant health care functions of primary health facilities.
(2)Upgrade the high-risk care functions of maternal and infant health care of hospitals and a health center.

3.Strengthen maternal and infant health care education in the community
(1)Strengthen functions of RHMs
(2)Disseminate ANC and PNC promotional material
(3)Promote knowledge of maternity and infant health care to the public through community activities.

4.Enhance data analysis capacity.
(1)Invite policy makers to visit Taiwan to observe maternal and infant health care related policies’ promotion and clinical practices.
(2)Conduct an epidemiological investigation and data analysis on maternal and infant health with Ministry of Health and related stakeholders, and hold a conference on the accomplishment of the project.

Executing Agency: Ministry of Health, Eswatini
Taiwan Technical Mission in the Kingdom of Eswatini
Implementation Arrangement: Members of the Project will provide technical assistance and assistance for capacity building.
Current Progress: To the end of March 2019, the following activities have been carried out:
1. Completed a project inception meeting.
2. Completed project site visiting with Chia Yi Christian Hospital and Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital.
3. Completed need assesment of medical equipment for 4 tertiary hospital and 1 secondary health center, and current to select 12 primary clinics to introduce medical equipment with MoH in Eswatini.
4. Completed the preperation work for 18 seed instructors travel to Taiwan to receieve training in Chia Yi Christian Hospital and Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital during April to May this year.
Project Performance: An increase in the accessibility of maternal and infant health care services.
Project Manager: Ivy, Shih
Project Coordinator Name: Amon, C.H. Yang
Project Coordinator Phone: (02)28732323#312
Project Coordinator E-mail: yang.c.liu@icdf.org.tw
Mission: Taiwan Technical Mission in the Kingdom of Eswatini
Sector: Social Infrastructure and Services
Sector Item: Health
Cooperating Country: Africa, Eswatini
Project status: Projects under implementation
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  • Date:2019/1/11
  • Date Updated:2019/6/6