National Institute of Higher Education of Midwives (INSFSF) Inauguration

The Martelly/Lamothe Administration, with the particular interest of Haitian First Lady Sophia Martelly, has unveiled the formation of a new training program for midwives at the National Institute of Higher Education of Midwives (INSFSF) on Monday, October 7, 2013. The First Lady, who didn't make light of the important role the women of this very old profession play in Haitian society, ushered in the facility and program by recalling the discipline's importance.

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With its target being the implementation of a development plan plus human resource management in the fields of maternal and newborn care, and also family planning, the program established necessary changes to the way in which midwives are trained in the country.

Firstly, two new fields of training were presented. A three year program will be open to those candidates who are in possession of a BAC. Also, an 18 month course will be open for those with licenses certified by the state. These short-term changes were implemented with the aim of training 600 women in the art of midwifery, to quickly fill the gap in the Health Care System for these qualified workers. Secondly, some controversial changes have been made to the content of the courses.

The inauguration ceremony for the Midwives was attended by the Minister of Public Health, Dr. Florence D. Guillaume and other health care notables, a United Nations Fund for Population Activities representative, Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov, and Carl Alexandre, the Deputy Special Representative of Minustah, which donated three prefabricated buildings, equipped with an internet ready computer lab and other necessary amenities.

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