The African Maternity Link
Sierra Leone- November 2016
This trip is planned as a feedback and evaluation follow up, concluding October’s workshops.
Whilst workshops are a great teaching tool here in Sierra Leone, bridging the gap between theory and practice and making sure our teachings are being implemented in the clinics and hospitals is an essential means to reducing the maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity rate.
Healthcare professionals who have attended our workshops we hope have cascaded their training to others in their unit. It is essential to visit the units to establish their support network, systems, and supervision and to assess what needs they have. Many small units may not have vital equipment needed, space or staff to facilitate midwifery to a basic standard. Many units have one midwife with healthcare assistants and students supporting them. Some have no midwife at all. These women do assist at deliveries and need to be taught a basic level of midwifery regarding obstetric emergencies and neonatal resuscitation.
Oli Jeacock- NHS midwife
Michelle Johnstone- NHS midwife
Aims of the trip
- To follow up 16 units whom attended workshops in August and have not received follow up yet
- To follow up units/maternity staff who have been identified as key link workers/mentors.
- Deliver neonatal resuscitation training
- Observe units availability of emergency equipment and designated neonatal resuscitation area
- Attend meetings and liaising with other NGO organisations to plan future work, feedback on the programme enrolled currently and to establish any areas for improvement within our programme
- Attain feedback from previous workshops and ascertain whether training has been cascaded.
- Observe practice in chosen units if time allows
- Discuss the use of the partogram and whether using it is making a difference as to whether small units refer in to PCMH sooner.
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