GE Healthcare, Ferozsons L.L. collaborate on Maternal, Newborn & Child Health training in Pakistan
GE Healthcare and one of its local Pakistani partners, Ferozsons, will deliver a capacity-building program around maternal & infant care, that includes a series of application training classes and knowledge transfer sessions delivered by international and local trainers at Shahbaz Sharif Mother & Children Complex in Sheikhupura, Pakistan.
This strategic cooperation between GE, Ferozsons, and the Government of Punjab’s Primary & Secondary Healthcare Department (P&SHD) will run throughout the year and aims to enhance and develop the skills of healthcare providers and midwives in the Punjab province. Ultimately, the program will help enhance the reach and quality of primary care services for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (MNCH), and will help address the challenge of maternal and neonatal mortality in the province.
GE Healthcare and Ferozsons will work with the Ministry of Health to train healthcare providers and midwives in nine districts of Punjab on using ultrasound technology to help enable the provision of 24/7 high-quality antenatal care. These healthcare providers and midwives will then train primary healthcare providers throughout other districts. This training for adoption of innovative technologies is designed to empower healthcare professionals, led by the government’s Vision 2025 to reduce infant mortality rate from 74 to less than 40 (per 1000 births) and reduce maternal mortality rate from 276 to less than 140 (per 1000 births).
Pakistan lags behind most developing nations in its MNCH indicators. According to WHO & UNICEF, the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) of Pakistan ranges from 111 to 283/100,000 live births, under five mortalities is 81 deaths/1000 live births and infant mortality rate (IMR) is 66 deaths/1000 live births; more than half of infant deaths occur in the neonatal period, respectively. While IMR has declined steadily over the last two decades, there has been no parallel decline in neonatal mortality rate.