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Wellbeing Foundation Africa Advances MNCH and Brings Innovative Flight for Every Mother (FEM) Project to Kwara State, Nigeria

**Reprinted with permission from our friends at the Wellbeing Foundation Africa.

In a unique effort to educate and empower health workers in Kwara State, Nigeria, and in
furtherance of its long-standing commitment to the improvement of maternal, newborn and child
health (MNCH) indices in Africa, the Wellbeing Foundation partnered with the Flight for Every
Mother (FEM) project to facilitate an on-site medical training program aimed at aiding African
countries such as Nigeria to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 before 2015.

Wellbeing Foundation Africa Advances MNCH and Brings Innovative Flight for Every Mother (FEM) Project to Kwara State, Nigeria

**Reprinted with permission from our friends at the Wellbeing Foundation Africa.

In a unique effort to educate and empower health workers in Kwara State, Nigeria, and in
furtherance of its long-standing commitment to the improvement of maternal, newborn and child
health (MNCH) indices in Africa, the Wellbeing Foundation partnered with the Flight for Every
Mother (FEM) project to facilitate an on-site medical training program aimed at aiding African
countries such as Nigeria to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 before 2015.

Lifesaving Birth Training Coming at You Pronto!

The UNFPA indicates there is a dire shortage of trained midwifes globally. The estimated number reflecting a shortage of workers skilled in safe labor and delivery is staggering at nearly 350,000. Over the next ten years, we'll need to work together to give these selfless heroines the skills they need to ensure mom and baby thrive during and after birth. With obstacles in the way including a lack of appropriate training tools, what's a person to do? If you're a highly innovative team based out of the University of Washington, you develop the PRONTOPack. We had the chance to ask for the story behind the innovation. This is what they have to say.

A Woman Who Inspires Us

By A.E.Cote : Last week Maternova asked our readers to tell us the people In their lives that inspire them. This was a loosely worded question on purpose, to allow for the most creative of answers! Could it have been an instructor who inspired you to change majors in college? Perhaps it was your favorite author? Sometimes it’s a colleague and mentor who galvanized your passion for saving lives. This is the case with Maternova’s first honoree in the Women Who Inspire Us series. Her name is Celeste Mergens and this remarkable woman is the Founder and Director of Days for Girls, headquartered in Washington State. Celeste was submitted by two colleagues, Deb Lund and Kayte Reagan.