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Mrs.​ ​Ban​ ​Soon​ ​Taek​ ​visits​ ​the Maternity​ ​of​ ​Befelatanana​ ​and​ ​the Women​ ​Vocational​ ​Training​ ​Centre​ ​of Tsimbazaza

The visit of Mr. Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General in Madagascar was an occasion for his wife, Mrs. Ban Soon Taek to read the interventions of United Nations agencies on the empowerment of women, maternal and newborn health in Madagascar. 

Because First Lady Ms. Voahangy Rajaonarimampianina is the sponsor of CARMMA in Madagascar, she accompanied Mrs. Ban during the visit of the Befelatanana Maternity and the Women vocational training center in Tsimbazaza, usually called CFPF. 

During the visit, the delegation was able to visit the operating room/Triage/Emergency Room. Rehabilitation and equipment were supported by UNFPA. Indeed, the operational unit rehabilitated by UNFPA Madagascar was inaugurated on this occasion. Currently operational, the operating room can treat cases of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. In addition to rehabilitation; the organisation also provided the hospital with a surgical light and anesthetic respirator. UNFPA's intervention in the Befelatanana maternity facility will give the population the opportunity to benefit from 4,000 free births, 1,500 cesarean surgeries and gynecological surgeries each year. 

The Hospital of Gynecology and Obstetrics of Befelatanana or Maternity of Befelatanana is the largest maternity hospital in Madagascar, where most of the vulnerable population is delivered. It is a national reference centre for maternal and child health and is the reference hospital for gynecology-obstetrics and reproductive health. It is also a centre for training and research of national and international medical and paramedical students.

The delegation then visited the vocational training centre dedicated to women in Tsimbazaza. The training centre was set up on the initiative of Mrs. Voahangy Rajaonarimampianina, and is targeted primarily at vulnerable and low-income women in the capital. It offers various training modules: sewing, cooking and tableware, gardening and computer science. A media library is also available in the centre. A listening and counselling centre to combat gender-based violence and to inform women about their reproductive health and rights, including family planning, was also implemented in the centre with the support of UNFPA. The aim of the centre is to provide vocational training that will fully contribute to women's empowerment so that they may be able to participate in their economic, family and community development.