Reducing childbirth death rate through professional cooperation
KNOV President Angela Verbeeten presented the “how-to” guide to the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Liliane Ploumen, in December 2012. The guide describes setting up a “twin2twin” project and matching up health professionals from different countries and is designed for use by health professionals wanting to cooperate and share knowledge across borders.
Morocco twin2twin project begins
KNOV is committed to reducing mother and newborn deaths through cooperation with sister organisations in countries where the childbirth-related death rate remains high. For three years, from 2008 to 2012, 25 Dutch midwives and as many colleagues from Sierra Leone, shared knowledge and experience in the twinning project.
Now KNOV will apply the same methodology to its next twinning project with colleagues in Morocco where maternal mortality during pregnancy and childbirth exceeds the Dutch percentage tenfold. Dutch parliamentarian Khadija Adib, and Ambassador for the twin2twin-project with Morocco marked the start of the new cooperation between the midwife organisations in December 2012. KNOV and Moroccan sister organisation AMSF will exchange knowledge and support each other in the project which aims to improve care for pregnant mothers in Morocco and for pregnant Dutch-Moroccan mothers in the Netherlands.