Trilateral Partnership: Osogbo, Nigeria – Asheville/Raleigh, U.S. – Xiangyang, China
Project: Primary Health Care Center
The Osogbo-Asheville/Raleigh-Xiangyang trilateral partnership will focus on a primary health care center project. In Osogbo, the trilateral partnership will renovate and upgrade one primary health care center to provide emergency obstetric care, provide extra equipment, and establish a drug revolving fund. Included in the project are medical training exchanges between all cities and a mayor and business delegation exchange.
June 2013 Site Visit
Construction of the Atewelo Primary Healthcare Center progresses well. In June 2013, Sister Cities International staff toured and inspected the site (pictured above.)
In June 2013, Raleigh delegates visited their sister city, Xiangyang, to discuss planning for future SAI exchanges. Raleigh’s delegation included Mayor Pro Tem Eugene Weeks, Mr. James Montague, and Mrs. Wonza Montague.
Pictured above, Mayor Pro Tem Eugene Weeks and James Montague meet with Xiangyang Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office Director ZHUO Yue and Deputy Director TAN Yao. This exchange includes training and certification classes for doctors in the region.
Medical Exchange in Osogbo: August 19-21, 2013
From August 19-21, 2013, a medical workshop was held in Osogbo, Nigeria, organized by Lautech Teaching Hospital and Osogbo Asheville Sister Cities Association, in conjunction with the Local Government Service Commission. The workshop was part of the Sino-African Initiative and complemented the work that is currently going on at the Atelewo Primary Healthcare Center. Nurses, midwives, doctors, and health care workers from the region participated in the workshop on emergency obstetrics care.
Dr. BAI Xuegong and Dr. MA Khezong representing Xiangyang and Dr. Jan Watson and Ms. Lucy Hosmer representing Asheville also participated in the medical exchange and presented on various topics related to emergency obstetrics care.
The three-day workshop covered a variety of topics, some of which included:
- General overview of emergency obstetric care and maternal mortality and morbidity in Nigeria
- Infections in pregnancy (malaria, hepatitis B) and antibiotics therapy during pregnancy
- Abortions management and post-abortion care
- HIV in pregnancy
- Management of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia
- Resuscitation and care of the newborn
- Management of post-partum hemorrhage
Doctors and nurses received training in emergency obstetrics care, learning and honing skills that will enable them to provide effective and efficient health care. Over 200 midwives, nurses, and health workers and over 170 self-sponsored doctors participated in the three-day workshop. The trainings were part of a certification program that consisted of 12 different courses. The workshop was successful and greatly beneficial to all those involved.