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Poor hygiene in healthcare facilities contributes to maternal and neonatal infections that are a major cause of mortality and morbidity in Benin. Healthcare workers not following good hygiene practices, allow multidrug-resistant bacteria to spread in hospitals and cause infections. The Mimin project promotes good hygiene among the healthcare workers and in communities by modernizing the training of healthcare professionals, providing continuing education in higher education institutions and encouraging local solutions to improve hygiene practices. Skills are transferred between the partner universities to improve the pedagogical skills of teachers and trainers as well as the quality of preparation, implementation, monitoring and follow-up of international projects. Newly trained professionals are able to operate at an international level and provide information to global surveillance systems for infections and antimicrobial resistance. Close collaboration between partners enables the development of educational solutions to meet the needs of the global South and promote the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

* Minin: Fon language (local Beninese language) meaning cleanliness

The Mimin project combines several Sustainable Development Goals, including SDGs 3, 4 and 17. SDG3, which concerns good health and well-being for all ages, aims to improve the health of children and mothers. SDG 4, which concerns fair, inclusive and high-quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for everyone by providing inclusive continuing education for healthcare professionals and students. The complementarity of project partners strengthens the means to implement and revitalize the global sustainable development partnership and thus targets SDG17.