Medical advances have significantly contributed to a better quality of life and a higher life expectancy in industrialized nations over the past decades. Yet, there are still far too many people today that have no access to professional healthcare. At Olympus – and particularly at our Medical Systems Division – we possess the right know-how and products to maximize medical potential, bring healthcare to marginalized and disadvantaged groups in society and to generally enhance the lives of these people.
Midwives receive professional training in a state-run midwifery school in Togo to act as the lifesavers of tomorrow for mothers and their babies.
Making the world a healthier place
Doctors of the World in Togo
To help make births safer for both mothers and their babies, we partner with Doctors of the World in Togo. With our support, more midwives receive training to work in rural areas and become empowered to act as the lifesavers of tomorrow.
Decreasing mortality rates – for mothers and babies
In Togo, three women and 50 children die each day due to complications during birth or because of insufficient medical care in the first months thereafter. Especially in rural areas, there is hardly any access to medical care. Greater numbers of skilled midwives would help ensure the prevention of many unnecessary deaths. That’s why Olympus is supporting our long-term partner Doctors of the World in this project to help make births safer for babies and their mothers.
How midwives save lives
With Olympus’ financial support, Doctors of the World can provide better professional training in three state-run midwifery schools in different areas of Togo. After training, the midwives will work in undersupplied areas where they will be the lifesavers of tomorrow. An example: While babies in breech position are normally delivered by caesarean section in developed countries, this is not possible in Togo as there are not enough hospitals. However, a midwife will recognize a high-risk pregnancy, has the skills to help the baby turn and can assist during labor and delivery. In such a manner, midwives significantly contribute to reducing maternal and infant mortality in Togo.
Olympus Europe is one of the strongest corporate supporters of Doctors of the World. For many years, we have cooperated closely and trustfully with the humanitarian organization and provided financial support as well as our products and know-how. Doctors of the World focuses on setting up sustainable structures in underdeveloped areas and thereby operates on several levels: with patients and medical staff, the local community through education and training, other nonprofit organizations and with the local healthcare systems.
Togo is located in West Africa and is one of the smaller countries between its larger neighbors Ghana in the west and Benin in the east. The country was chosen by Doctors of the World because it not only has a high demand for medical support, but also possesses structures that are sufficiently stable to generate a lasting impact.