Princess Stephanie presented diplomas to midwives from Ivory Coast Marcelline & Caroline

Working together to save lives

On Wednesday, June 13, 2018, Princess Stephanie of Monaco presented the diplomas to Caroline and Marcelline two midwives from the Ivory Coast, Africa, participating in an ongoing special further training at the maternity department of the Princess Grace Hospital (CHPG).

(Photo: Princess Stephanie surrounded by Caroline Obodji and Marcelline Assere during the ceremony of presentation of their diplomas @F. Nebinger)

The initiative is the brainchild of the Post-Conflict Development Association of Monaco (PCDAM), founded by Claudia Abate and presided by Caroline Aldrin, in cooperation with AMREF Flying Doctors, the Princess Grace Hospital (CHPG) and Fight Aids Monaco (FAM), with the valuable financial contribution by the Fondation Sancta Devota, all united around a common project to provide further instruction to two midwives from the Ivory Coast, Marcelline Assere and Caroline Obodji. All the representatives of the associations involved were present at the moving ceremony that took place at Fight Aids Monaco.

The goal is to exchange mutual knowledge and experiences among childbirth specialists from the Ivory Coast and Monaco, with the intention it in the future to extend it to other countries, with the mission of reducing mortality and saving the lives of both mothers and newborn children, in countries with fragile healthcare infrastructure. “It is pilot project, and now that we have open the doors to the collaboration with the Ivory Coast, we hope it will continue,” affirmed Claudia Abate.

Strength in unity

Bravo to all the associations working together to make this project a reality!

For detailed information on this project please refer to the article recently published in Monaco Reporter:

Today’s Quote

“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers – strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.” Barbara Katz Rothman


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