Training for Life Foundation contributes to a reduction in maternal and perinatal mortality through multidisciplinary team training of nurses, midwives, residents, obstetricians, anesthetists and pediatricians in simulation-based education.


Training for Life Foundation

Training for Life Foundation was founded in 2014 to contribute to an improvement in maternal and neonatal care. We empower local healthcare providers and pregnant women to advance health outcomes by providing simulation-based education on the one hand, and accurate healthcare data registration and access to maternity dashboad on the othter hand. Each project starts with investigating root causes in the local setting, and then provides a tailored program in which training is combined with local workflow changes. In parallel, scientific research is used to evaluate the effect of the program on maternal and perinatal outcomes.

Training for Life Foundation has a board and a workgroup that closely collaborate. The board is responsible for the vision and policy plans of the foundation, and contributes to the goals of the foundation through their knowledge and extensive network.

The board of the foundation is formed by:

  • H.J.A.M. van Kruijsdijk (chairman)
  • L.K. Dijkstra (treasurer)
  • H.C.H.M. van Dongen-Lamers (secretary)
  • H.J. de Ruiter (member)
  • M.B. van der Hout-van der Jagt (member)

They are all volunteers.

The workgroup contributes to the goals of the foundation through their implementation of knowledge in the program development for each project, the visits to each hospital and the hands-on training. Also, they ensure that the work meets the scientific requirements. This multidisciplinary team consists of gynaecologists, obstetric residents, midwives and engineers, joined together in the research group Fundamental Perinatology of prof. dr. Guid Oei. In addition, we work with experts from medical education and simulation center Medsim, guided by CEO Rob Steinweg.

Training for Life Foundation has originated in The Netherlands. Since of 2018, we established a Ugandan Chapter, Training for Life Uganda Limited, located in Kampala. This team ensures local embedding of the goals of Training for Life Foundation in maternal and neonatal care. They have established an electronic birth register and maternity dashboard in three Ugandan hospitals.

Training for Life Foundation
Address: Ds. Theodor Fliednerstraat 1, 5631 BM Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Netherlands Chamber of Commerce (KvK): 61884307
IBAN account number: NL91 RABO 0301 6316 54

Ugandan Chapter: Training for Life Uganda Limited
Address: P.O.BOX 8158, Kampala, Crane Plaza, 3rd floor 304, Uganda
Registration number: 80020001273563
Bank account number: 0129369001 Diamond Trust Bank

Policy plans

Together with the Ugandan Ministry of Health and obstetricians from Makerere University and New Mulago Specialize Women and Neonatal Hospital, Training for Life foundation drafted an Implementation Plan for the whole of Uganda. The plan includes a Training for Life center for all fourteen teaching and district hospitals, including corresponding train-the-trainer courses and main and repitition training for all local healthcare professionals at the obstetric department. The multidisciplinary team trained in 2018 is equipped to carry out these plans. In addition, Dr. Ntuyo has been trained as master trainer and coordinator for the Ugandan Training for Life program. Effectivity of these team training sessions will be evaluated via knowledge tests, skills tests, practice evaluation and the effect on maternal and perinatal mortality rates. Three centers have been opened thusfar, in Mulago Specialized Women and Neonatal Hospital, Kawempe Kampus and Mbale Hospital. With other Ugandan teaching and districts hospitals is currently planned to open a local Training for Life center and provide the corresponding train-the-trainer course. One of the key elements is to implement the use of a digital birth register, specifically developed for this purpose with Perined, the Dutch Perinatal Registration Office.

Current report of activities

Since the establishment of Training for Life foundation, in China one Training for Life center was opened, and 34 trainers were trained as medical and communication trainer for simulation-based education. In Uganda, three centers were opened and a total of 22 medical and communication trainers have been trained thusfar, who trained over 300 healthcare professionals. Dr. Ntuyo has been educated as master trainer and coordinator for Training for Life Uganda. In 2019 we trained a group of seven hospital technicians as simulation specialist: they prepare the simulation room and operate the technical equipment during the training sessions and debriefing. They are connected via social media in a peer group to help eachother solving any technical issues including technical malfunctions and maintenance of equipment.


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