Kingdom of Eswatini

Department: Humanitarian Assistance
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: As of the end of June 2020, the following activities have been carried out:
1. The project has been working with MoH to procure medical equipment for 5 secondary and tertiary hospitals and 16 primary clinics, and has completed medical equipment needs assessment for 32 primary clinics. The project provided liquid soap to five cooperating hospitals and taught local health care workers proper hand washing technique.
2. The project cooperated with Chiayi Christian Hospital and Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital in Taiwan to train 21 Eswatini seed instructors on emergency obstetric and neonatal care as well as health promotion.
3. The project completed 2 local trainings for 43 nurses and midwives.
4. The project completed 4 local trainings on maternal and neonatal health care and health care promotion for 120 RHMs.
5. The project completed 46 VOC radio program episodes to promote maternal and infant health education, and published 9 maternal and child health columns in Eswatini Observer.
Project Performance: An increase in the accessibility of maternal and infant health care services.
Project Contact: Michelle Chiu
Phone: (02)28732323#307
E-mail: t.h.chiu@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 Updated:2020/8/4