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Excellence in: Obstetric Skills update - June 2016

As of June 2016, delegates were halfway through our Excellence in: Obstetric Skills course (sponsored by Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET)), and we are beginning to see the positive impact of the project.

We have trained more than 150 healthcare workers and 20 trainers so far. And the skills they have learnt on the course have directly reduced death and morbidities.

Excellence in Obstetric Skills updateFor example, in April 2016 the O&G consultant from Masaka Regional Referral Hospital reported that use of the partograph has increased from 10% to 70%, and that they are noticing fewer stillbirths and birth asphyxia admissions.

Ugandan trainers teach regularly on the course. We are planning an additional Master Trainers course to ensure that a small group of the best trainers have an even deeper understanding of the course content, and can then further develop their expertise as educators.

‘The course is generating a virtuous circle; the supply of better trained health workers is stimulating demand for higher-quality care’

Course participant

Courses 7 and 8 have just taken place at Kitovu. We were thrilled to have additional support and expertise from Change Exchange behaviour change consultants (again with support from THET). These consultants help us understand and adapt the course delivery, and they promote how opportunity, capability and motivation can positively influence behaviour change. 

As the final courses approach, we plan to further promote the inspirational work of our partners at Kitovu, the course participants and trainers, with short films.

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