A major focus of the Skilled Care Initiative was the strengthening of providers’ clinical and interpersonal skills related to obstetric care through training and quality assurance interventions. Maternity care providers in the intervention districts were trained in life-saving obstetric care skills, including postabortion care (PAC), using nationally-accepted curricula in emergency obstetric care (EMOC) and life-saving skills (LSS). In response to specific skills gaps identified during baseline research, FCI developed new training modules to complement the content of these existing curricula and strengthen provider skills in key areas, such as birth preparedness counseling, compassionate dimensions of quality maternity care, and maternity care for adolescents. FCI also developed a range of planning and supervision tools to support training interventions and related follow-up.
To complement training interventions for maternity care providers, EngenderHealth’s COPE® for Maternal Health Services was introduced at health facilities to engage all staff in the effort to improve the quality of maternal health care. These tools were adapted to facilitate their use at small rural health facilities where there are few staff available.
Skilled Care Initiative Delivers Impressive Results
Between 2003 and 2005, FCI worked with Ministries of Health in Burkina Faso, Kenya, and Tanzania to improve the quality and availability of maternity care, improving services for thousands of women. Through an ambitious research effort, FCI evaluated and documented key strategies for increasing skilled care during childbirth. Click here to download an overview of the results from all three countries.
Safe Motherhood In The Community: A Flipchart
This flipchart focuses on care during pregnancy, delivery, and the post-partum period.
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