In response to several requests for a US-based Helping Mothers Survive (HMS) training, Jhpiego conducted a 2.5-day training of trainers (ToT) in Baltimore, Maryland, for clinicians and program implementers who work with health facilities in some of the most remote parts of the world. Nine Master Trainers were trained and mentored in the Bleeding After Birth (BAB) module and will take this low-dose, high-frequency approach to the field along with the MamaNatalie simulator and HMS BAB training package provided by Jhpiego.
“My intention in becoming trained in HMS is to be able to include the [HMS] training module with the [HBB] training to be able to provide the complete package for participants who will then take this training to their prospective mission field partnerships, in cooperation with the Ministries of Health of those countries. We also include instruction on how to plan a training program, implement it, evaluate and follow-up, in partnership with those who are already involved in the HBB country-wide initiatives. One of our former participants just returned from Zambia and has been invited to be on the planning commission of HBB for future training sessions there.” Cindy Obenhaus
HMS ToT Master Trainer and Director of Operations, INMED – Institute for International Medicine
ToT is a cascade approach that allows clinicians to transfer knowledge and skills for life-saving practices to and among their peers. How was this HMS training different from other trainings? On Day 1, participants were in the learner seat and experienced the flow and nuances of BAB training led by seasoned Jhpiego Master Trainers. On Day 2, the nine Master Trainers then conducted BAB training with more than 40 volunteer-trainees from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, School of Nursing, and Jhpiego program staff. Coming together on the last day, the group discussed the challenges faced by health care providers in the field and strategies for translating into clinical care these high-impact, life-saving practices. These newly minted Master Trainers will take BAB to places such as Haiti, Rwanda, Guatemala, and Indonesia, where health care workers will continue peer-facilitated learning within their communities. Several of these trainers were Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) Master Trainers with a desire to include the mother in future HBB trainings; HMS BAB provides them with the skills and tools to combine future HBB trainings with HMS.
Do you work with health care providers in low-resource settings and want to learn more about how you can become an HMS Master Trainer? Contact us about upcoming training opportunities at firstname.lastname@example.org.