Teach Traditional Ethiopian Midwives to Save Lives

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May 25, 2009

Scaling-up community-level misoprostol

Ethiopia is a global leader in involving community-level health workers in the use of misoprostol for safe delivery. In a country where 94% of mothers deliver at home, training traditional birth attendants (TBAs) to administer misoprostol to women to prevent postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is a key strategy for reducing deaths in childbirth. Since the completion of a Venture Strategies-supported program that trained the government’s rural, village-level health extension workers (HEWs) on misoprostol and demonstrated positive linkages between TBAs and HEWs, we are assisting many regions across Ethiopia in integrating misoprostol for PPH into their package of health services. In this scaling-up effort, nearly 2,000 additional health extension workers have been trained to use misoprostol and efforts are underway to train an additional 600 TBAs in the proper use of the life-saving tablets, while connecting them to the formal health care system. As these collaborations develop and more community-based health workers become skilled in administering misoprostol to manage PPH, women across the largely rural country are facing a diminished risk of dying in childbirth to the benefit of their children, families and entire communities.

  • Paul mackenzie
    Paul mackenzie Data on number trained is good. Data on reduction in outcomes (PPH or deaths from PPH) may be hard to collect, but should be attempted.
    • 6 years ago
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