CALL FOR APPLICATION FOR A SHORT TERM CERTIFICATE COURSE ON IMPROVING POLICIES AND PROGRAMS FOR PREVENTING MATERNAL MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY IN WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICA

The Centre of Excellence in Reproductive Health Innovation (CERHI) is a World Bank supported program at the University of Benin aimed at building capacity within West and Central Africa’s tertiary educational system for implementing high quality training and applied research for reproductive health professions to tackle policies and programs for reducing the region’s high burden of fertility, unsafe abortion, maternal mortality and HIV/AIDS.  This program is being implemented by the University of Benin in collaboration with partner institutions – the University of Ibadan, the Nigerian Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), the University of Ghana, the University of Cotonou (Republic of Benin), the University of Niger, Harvard School of Public Health, the University of Aberdeen, the University of Maryland and the University of Toronto.
As part of its mandate, the Centre calls for applications from Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies in West and Central Africa for admission of appropriate in-service personnel into a 2-week Certificate Course on Improving Policies and Programs for Preventing Maternal Morbidity and Mortality in the Region.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
The objectives of the course are fourfold:
To update the knowledge of participants on trends in maternal morbidity and mortality in the region, and its social and medical determinants.
To build the knowledge and capacity of participants on appropriate policies and new interventions for preventing maternal morbidity and mortality worldwide, with implications for the West and Central African region.
To provide examples of successful programs for preventing maternal morbidity and mortality in Africa that can be taken up by responsible Departments and Agencies in the region;
To assist participants to develop concept papers for improving policies and programs for maternal mortality prevention in their communities of interest – with the idea to assist participants in expanding the concept papers into full scale fundable and implementable proposals on their return to their places of work.

WHO SHOULD APPLY
We strongly advice that Course Applicants should be those currently working on promoting maternal health in public and private sectors in countries in West and Central African region.  Ideally, applicants should be cohorts (teams) from Federal, States, Local or regional government organizations and should comprise a public sector maternal health provider or director, a private sector provider/implementer, a policymaker (responsible for guiding policies on maternal health), a Nurse/Midwife and an NGO staff working on maternal mortality prevention in a defined area.  Individuals with interest in maternal health research and programming, desirous to increase their knowledge and skills on preventing maternal morbidity and mortality are also encouraged to apply.

WORKSHOP DATES
The workshop dates are October 26 to November 9, 2015.  Arrival is October 25, while Departure is November 7, 2015.

METHOD OF APPLICATION
All applications should be returned with a bank draft for N50, 000 ($300.0) being the workshop fee (excluding accommodation, feeding and other incidentals) drawn in favour of “Centre of Excellence in Reproductive Health Innovation, CERHI”
Applications should be submitted in triplicates to:
Barr Richmond Omagbemi
Desk Officer, Centre of Excellence in Reproductive Health Innovation (CERHI)
Deputy Registrar, School of Postgraduate Studies
University of Benin,
Ugbowo Campus, Benin City.  Nigeria

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Professor J Onakhewor
Course Co-ordinatpr