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Skills and Drills in Obstetrics, Pakistan

This page provides information about the Skills and Drills in Obstetrics course in Pakistan, led by the RCOG Pakistan International Representative Committee (IRC) and Pakistan Liaison Group (LG).

Maternal healthcare issues in Pakistan

The maternal mortality ratio in Pakistan is high, and in recent years the country has also been a victim of terrorism and natural disasters. This has led to widespread migration and displacement at inter-provincial and inter-city levels, resulting in a rise in maternal morbidity and mortality in both urban centres and remote areas, where travel is very restricted.

There is therefore an increased need for training of trainees, medical students, nurses and midwives to provide emergency care in obstetric emergencies – such as postpartum haemorrhage (PPH), eclampsia, sepsis and antepartum haemorrhage – to reduce maternal mortality.

The Skills and Drills in Obstetrics project

In 2014, the Pakistan IRC and the Pakistan LG developed a new project proposal after discussing the urgent need for training in emergency obstetrics in Pakistan. The two teams brought together local knowledge and highly experienced UK and Pakistan trainers, and together submitted the proposed idea to the global health faculty of the RCOG, who agreed to support, promote and fund this important project.

In March 2015 a team of RCOG Fellows and Members from the UK and Pakistan delivered obstetric skills and drills training in Islamabad. There was then a series of further courses conducted by the Pakistan IRC. The first course they ran was in April 2015 in Karachi. Between the IRC and the LG, there was a total of seven courses in 2015.

This course is particularly aimed at midwives, who are a neglected part of the community. Ten midwives from each of the following centres will be attending:

  • Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (government institution)
  • Sobhraj Maternity Hospital (government institution)
  • Ziauddin College of Nursing (a private institution).

Some of these midwives will then become master trainers for their institutions.

The next courses were run in August 2015 during which three midwives were trained as master trainers and in addition, the course materials were translated from English into Urdu which was very helpful and aided the delegates’ learning.
If you are interested to find out more or to be involved, please contact the Chair of the RCOG Pakistan Liaison Group, Dr Yasmin Sajjad.

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