Benin: “A call for life”

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In Benin, 1,500 women die each year from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth. To fight against maternal and infant mortality, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation and the NGO Care have put in place the “A call for life” mobile phone network in the community of Ouinhi in Benin. The project seeks to reduce mortality linked to pregnancy or childbirth by providing women with access to care from the local medical network via mobile phones.

As part of the program, a community volunteer is appointed in each village, to be the liaison between these women and health centers. These volunteers train and inform pregnant women through the transmission of specific messages. The mobile phone network is essential in an emergency and enables physicians and hospitals to be reached quickly.

The program has served 6,300 women, enabling almost all of the young women to give birth in a health center rather than at home, as had been the case in the past. This was helped in particular by the introduction of three-wheeled motorbikes to transport the pregnant women in the 28 villages in Ouinhi community. The Sanofi Espoir Foundation contributed € 900,000 over three years to the health project.

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