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50,000 Happy Birthdays report

50,000 Happy Birthdays: Project Report

January 2021

50,000 Happy Birthdays was a project led by the International Confederation of Midwives to contribute to quality maternal and newborn care in Ethiopia, Rwanda and Tanzania. We were honored to be a part of this global collaboration, that included Jhpiego, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and LDSC, as well as the national midwives' associations in the three countries.

The interactive report presents the activites and impact of the project which run from 2018 to 2020.

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Key achivements

The improved quality of care provided by midwives in project sites had substantial impact on health outcomes for women and babies. In the participating facilities, mortality rates dropped up to 57%.

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Approximately 28,500 training episodes were delivered and an estimate of +20,000 individuals received training in at least one training module. 

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Faculty members and students in midwifery schools eagerly adopted innovative simulation and competency-based teaching and learning methods, using low-cost, high-fidelity simulators.

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Stronger Midwives’ Associations cultivated new in-country partnerships, mobilised additional resources and improved government health policy for midwives, women and babies in their countries. 

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