Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali has established a research and training unit in maternal and child health (URFOSAME), Ministry of Health sources told PANA here Tuesday.
URFOSAME was set up to improve the health of mother and child, and to train health and social staff in techniques to improve the quality of obstetric care as well as in maternal death audit.
It will also monitor indicators of maternal and pre-natal health in a maternity sentinel network and evaluate professional practices through experience-sharing sessions.
Based at the Health Reference Centre (CSREF) of the commune V of the District of Bamako, URFOSAME will be led by a young team associated with the Research and Development Institute (JEAI).
The research unit, which cost about FCFA 40 million, will cover 22 health facilities in the country, and is expected to a lead to a 30% drop in maternal mortality.
Mali's current maternal mortality rate is 464 per 100,000 live births.
URFOSAME was set up with the assistance of the Research and Development Institute (IRD), a French public body.
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