Despite recent trends that show a decrease in maternal deaths, maternal survival continues to be a challenge in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where nearly 15,000 maternal deaths occur each year, often due to preventable complications that occur in health facilities. To improve the quality of care on the day of birth and strengthen the health care workforce in the DRC, with technical assistance from Jhpiego, the Paul Carlson Partnership (PCP) is implementing a maternal health initiative in Equateur Province.
Utilizing a training of trainers approach (TOT), PCP recently conducted Helping Mothers Survive (HMS) training for 12 HMS trainers in the Bleeding after Birth (BAB) module. These 12 trainers—including two medical doctors, one midwife and nine nurses—are responsible for the entire area covered by the Evangelical Community of the Ubangi Mongala health care system, which includes 108 health clinics and five hospitals. This training will be disseminated further in a series of regional sessions in the DRC.
With more than 50 years of experience in global health, the PCP focuses on medical and economic development in the DRC. Partnering with Congolese leadership, PCP invests in local ownership for long-term sustainable change—working with churches, medical professionals, business and microfinance professionals, and passionate volunteers—to raise the standard of health care, support local businesses and equip better livelihoods. For more information on PCP, click here.