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"Great Reception of MamaNatalie Buy One Gift One Program at FIGO World Congress "

Great Reception of MamaNatalie Buy One Gift One Program at FIGO World Congress

1,000 Birthing simulators donated to support new educational program to reduce maternal deaths from post-partum hemorrhage, the worldwide leading cause of maternal deaths.

At the 20th FIGO World Congress of Gynecologists and Obstetricians in Rome this week, Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, announced a major new educational program - Helping Mothers Survive. The program aims at significantly reduce the 120,000 maternal deaths currently occurring annually from uncontrolled bleeding after birth.

To support this initiative, Laerdal Global Health announced the donations of one thousand MamaNatalie birthing simulators for training programs organized by UNFPA, the International Confederation of Midwives, the International Organization of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The simulators have been gifted through the Buy One Gift One Campaign; For each MamaNatalie Birthing Simulator purchased in a high-income country since late 2010 another simulator is donated for use in training programs in low-resource nations.  “We are delighted with the phenomenal response to this program and expect the number of gifted simulators to grow much further in the coming year” said  Tore Laerdal, CEO of Laerdal Global Health.

“Our partnership with Laerdal Global Health is helping to save lives every day,’’ said Dr. Leslie Mancuso, President and CEO of Jhpiego. “The new Helping Mothers Survive program and these MamaNatalie simulators will help us further improve  the impact of our education of frontline health care workers in assisting women to give birth and manage potentially life-threatening complications.”-------

See Helping Mothers Survive launch leaflet handed out at FIGO here.

About Jhpiego
Jhpiego, is an international non-profit health organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. For nearly 40 years, Jhpiego has empowered frontline health workers by designing and implementing effective, low-cost, hands-on solutions to strengthen the delivery of health care services for women and their families. Jhpiego works to break down barriers to high-quality health care for the world’s most vulnerable populations.  
Media contact: Melody McCoy tel 1-410 537 1829