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Project Name: Maternal and Infant Health Care Improvement Project in the Kingdom of Eswatini (Phase 2)
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

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Maternal and Infant Health Care Improvement Project in the Kingdom of Eswatini (Phase II)
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.

Implementation Arrangement: Members of the Project will provide technical assistance and assistance for capacity building.
Current Progress: To the end of September 2021, the following activities have been carried out:
1.Procured and donated medical equipment for 5 secondary and tertiary hospitals and 48 primary clinics, and procurement procedure for medical equipment for 32 primary clinics is ongoing; completed maternal and infant consultation room renovation for 2 primary clinics

. The project also provided liquid soap to 5 cooperating hospitals and taught local health care workers proper hand washing technique.
2.Trained 21 Eswatini seed instructors on emergency obstetric and neonatal care and health promotion, in cooperation with Chiayi Christian Hospital and Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital in Taiwan.
3.Completed 12 local trainings for 358 nurses and midwives.
4.Completed 18 local trainings on maternal and neonatal health care and health care promotion for 629 RHMs.
5. Completed 5 b-CPAP local trainings for 108 doctors and nurses, and 6 portable ultrasound maintenance local training for 135 health workers.
6.Donated 5,000 backpacks and 5,000 clothing masks to RHMs
7.Completed 111 VOC radio program episodes to promote maternal and infant health education, and published 22 maternal and child health columns in Eswatini Observer.
8.Disseminated 180,000 “ANC and PNC promotion” and “Stop the spread of COVID-19” health educational materials to clinics and RHMs.
9.Donate 10,000 bottles of hand sanitizer to 5,000 RHMs to improve the self-protection ability of COVID-19 in the promotion of women and children's health education in the community.

Project Performance: An increase in the accessibility of maternal and infant health care services.
Project Contact: Cecilia Lin
Phone: (02)2873-2323#306
E-mail: c.hui.lin@icdf.org.tw
Project Type: Technical Assistance and Capacity Building
Mission: Taiwan Technical Mission in the Kingdom of Eswatini
Cooperating Country: Africa, Eswatini
Project status: Projects under implementation
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  • Date Updated:2021/11/22