For many years, LDS Charities, the humanitarian services and charities arm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), has worked closely with the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Tajikistan to strengthen and support the health workforce to improve maternal and newborn health.
As part of these ongoing and collaborative efforts, in June 2014, LDS master trainers, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) health program “Health in Central Asia—Tajikistan,” in collaboration with the Tajikistan MOH and UNICEF, piloted the Helping Mothers Survive Bleeding after Birth (HMS BAB) training package. This training was twinned with the Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) curriculum. A total of 15 national midwife trainers were trained and mentored in both HMS and HBB and an additional 200 midwives and nurses were trained in HMS or HBB. In response to the HMS BAB training, lead midwife trainer Svetlana Un observed, “One day of this program is worth more than five days of lectures.”
In preparation for the HMS BAB training in Tajikistan, Jhpiego conducted an HMS BAB training of trainers and mentored LDS master trainers at the LDS headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jhpiego also provided HMS materials translation support and technical assistance to LDS and local counterparts in Tajikistan. LDS translated the HMS training materials to Russian and provided all needed equipment to for the training, including clinical supplies and the MamaNatalie and NeoNatalie simulators.
Following the pilot training, the Tajikistan MOH will integrate HMS into its ongoing maternal and child health training programs. Tajikistan is divided into administrative districts called oblasts, three of which currently house resource centers (in Dushanbe, Sogd and Kulob) where HBB training is mandated and which will now mandate HMS. In coming months, government authorities plan to open resource centers in two more oblasts, both of which will also include mandatory HBB and HMS training.