Raising Infant Health and Maternal Outcomes Program
Tiger has partnered with Edith Cowan University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery to work toward better care for mothers and their babies living in the region of Tiger’s Kipoi Copper Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Raising Infant Health and Maternal Outcomes Program (RIHMOP) aims to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health, as part of the United Nations’ Millennium Goals.
The program will identify an area close to the Kipoi Copper Project and undertake investigations of up to 20,000 people to establish a health baseline that encompasses information on infant mortality rates and women’s health issues suffered by mothers during pre-natal, post-natal and birth periods.
It aims to provide enhanced skills and resources to birth attendants working in the area through a focus on hygiene, infection control and vitamin supplements, as well as providing basic ambulance functions. It will help birth attendants provide earlier and better-informed support to pregnant women. ECU staff will teach programs and mentor hospital-based medical staff in-country to help improve their skills.
Tiger has already flown senior ECU and midwifery educators to the DRC to undertake a needs analysis and ensure RIHMOP is deliverable. The program commenced in 2012.
Tiger will continue to work with the communities close to its operations to enhance their social and economic opportunities.