Helping the Helpers

  • Institution Country: United Kingdom
  • Implementation Country: Yemen
  • Sector: Health
  • Funding Stage: Proof of Concept

Skills Training and Mental Health Support for Post-Miscarriage Care Providers in Yemen

By MSI Reproductive Choices

Amid conflict, a severely underfunded health system and challenging operating conditions, many Yemeni healthcare workers are struggling with burnout. To support, Marie Stopes International Yemen (MSI Yemen) are embarking on a new programme to train healthcare workers in the South of Yemen on high quality, modern methods for providing life-saving healthcare to women, while in tandem providing critical mental health support for those delivering care in these challenging humanitarian settings.

The programme will see MSI Yemen operationalize an innovative medical training model, providing both technical training and mental healthcare to over 90 providers in southern Yemen. Alongside MSI Yemen’s clinical training on women’s healthcare – including training on providing life-saving care following a miscarriage, infection prevention and other forms of medical emergency management – MSI Yemen will partner with the Family Counselling & Development Foundation (FCDF) to provide mental healthcare, supporting providers with stress management and coping strategies for the challenges faced. The combined training will be followed up with individual counselling sessions and on-going quality assurance and supervision processes, ensuring providers are confident and suitably equipped to deliver life-saving services for Yemeni women.