Oct 28, 2016

Moving on to the next health services project

Over the past three months, Americares provided trainings to 13 midwives and nurses on various maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) topics, including assessment of shock and vaginal bleeding, care of post-operative mothers and abruptio placenta, a serious pregnancy complication in which the placenta detaches from the womb.

Before the training, Americares staff surveyed participants to establish baseline knowledge and skills, re-evaluating them after the training was completed. Most showed significant, averaging a 30% increase in their performance.

Americares also collaborated with the Zondo clinic on community outreach activities in two towns in Grand Bassa County. An outreach team, comprised of an Americares community liaison officer, a Zondo clinic midwife, a Zondo clinic vaccinator and a community health worker, distributed vitamins to pregnant women and post-partum mothers and helped raise awareness on MNCH issues During outreach sessions, the Americares community liaison officer and Zondo clinic midwife personally spoke with with pregnant mothers to discuss delivery plans and complication readiness, emphasizing the benefits of antenatal care, postnatal care and institutional deliveries The team supplied more than 20 households with various MNCH information.

During one of its community outreach session, the team met with Mercy, a 24 year old mother of three who lives in Xwia town—more than an hour’s walk from the Zondo clinic. Mercy attended antenatal care and delivered her youngest child at Zondo clinic. She now encourages all pregnant women in the community to go to clinics for antenatal care services and to receive information from staff about healthy behavior before, during and after pregnancy.

May 27, 2016

Training and Community Education Underway

A nurse checks the blood pressure of a patient
A nurse checks the blood pressure of a patient

AmeriCares is dedicated to increasing health care access for expectant mothers, newborns and young children throughout Liberia. Last month, we continued our training program for nurses and midwives at two health clinics in Liberia and partnered with the Liberian Government Hospital to conduct educational outreach sessions for new mothers.

The first training was led by Toks, AmeriCares midwife-nurses trainer, at the Zondo health clinic. The two-day, onsite training focused on improving skills such as basic emergency obstetric and newborn care, as well as active management of the stages of labor for mothers giving birth at the clinic.

Toks led a second training at the John Logan Service Delivery Point, which addressed issues for nurses who will be examining pregnant women, midwifery skills during and following birth and patient mentoring and coaching.

Alice, one of the midwives at the health center was grateful for the increased training. “I had never used a partograph (a tool used to monitor labor) before, I had no training…I can now use it effectively,” she said. “Thank you!”

AmeriCares also led community education sessions about the importance and benefits of breast feeding. Breast feeding is not widely practiced in Liberia, as most mothers do not have sufficient knowledge on the benefits for the child, particularly soon after birth. AmeriCares conducted education sessions around the practice, potential issues babies might have in breast feeding and how mothers can identify and seek help for any difficulties shown by their child.

A follow up “community conversation session” was held at the Zondo clinic for those in the community who wanted to participate. The session focused on issues such as newborn care, referral of pregnant mothers to the clinic, immunization options and spacing of pregnancies and births. Community leaders, health volunteers and mothers from the area all took part in the session.

Involving the community in the new and improved services offered by local health clinics is absolutely vital in increasing the quality of care and accessibility for the population. AmeriCares is so thankful for your support of this project—we could not do it without you!


Feb 10, 2016

Liberia Nurse Midwife Training Progress!

In Liberia, maternal and neonatal maternity rates are high. A significant skills gap in obstetric care has led to underutilization of prenatal health care and poor quality of care.

Since its founding, AmeriCares has been working to improve maternal health in the developing world. In Liberia, we are training health care workers, particularly nurses and midwives, in delivering front line maternal and child health care. Newly trained health care professionals then educate community members and health center employees in safety techniques, creating a lasting impact.

As of February 1, AmeriCares appointed Toks, a nurse/midwife trainer to aid in this teaching. Toks has college degrees in both midwifery and tropical nursing and has worked in postnatal/antenatal care wards for more than four years. In her new role, she will help increase local health workers’ capacity to provide quality care, which we believe will save lives and improve utilization of the Liberian health care system.

Toks will focus on three areas:

• Developing a training curriculum in basic and comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care

• Providing on-the-job training to 62 midwives and nurses in emergency obstetric and newborn care services

• Providing ongoing, supportive supervision and technical assistance to health workers

We think Toks is going to step in and do a fantastic job conducting trainings!


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