Innovative Training to Help Frontline Health Workers Save Lives

To improve the quality of care during the day of childbirth and reduce maternal deaths—Jhpiego, in conjunction with Laerdal Global Health, has designed Helping Mothers Survive (HMS), a simulator-based training package for frontline providers in countries with high burdens of maternal mortality. While this training alone does not turn providers into skilled birth attendants, it will provide them with essential skills to address the primary causes of maternal mortality. HMS represents an example of the kind of concerted actions needed for a large number of countries to achieve Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5.1
The HMS package uses an innovative simulator, MamaNatalie®, for teaching. The first module of the package, Bleeding after Birth (BAB), is aimed at preventing maternal deaths from postpartum hemorrhage -- the leading cause of maternal death globally, particularly in countries where skilled birth attendants are limited, and where routine care in labor and birth is provided by a wide variety of cadres of health workers. This training is designed for all levels of workers who attend births at a facility or who are called on to manage complications. These birth attendants have a wide range of skills and training, and may or may not meet the global definition of a skilled birth attendant. But the goal of the BAB module is the same for all: to provide the skills necessary to prevent deaths from postpartum hemorrhage.
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Jhpiego Leads Innovative Project to Integrate Helping Mothers Survive Training to Better Manage Complications for Mother, Newborn

In Uganda, Jhpiego, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Protecting Families against HIV/AIDS (PREFA) have joined together under the Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenges for Development initiative to introduce an innovative training package to prevent and manage postpartum hemorrhage and newborn asphyxia, two of the leading killers of mothers and newborns.

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