AOGU Partners with UNFPA
AOGU and its Health Care Professional Association Partners (Pediatricians and Midwives) visited 103 facilities and mentored over 250 midwives at the visits.
Mentees were subjected to a knowledge assessment test at the first mentorship visit. This was done to calibrate the areas of focus for the mentor- mentee interaction.
The Health Facility assessment was also done at the first mentorship visit. Mentees were then supported to develop an action plan that would help improve quality of service as well as personal Professional growth. The second and third mentorship visits were conducted at least one month apart. Mentors reinforced the knowledge and skills that were lacking or were asked of by the team. Health workers at each of the facilities were provided with the telephone contact to contact them if and when they felt it was necessary. While this form of “distance mentorship” was recognized as useful, mentors did not keep records of the mentee- mentor contact.
Mentors used different methods to impart knowledge and skills.
These were based on the ALARM and Helping Babies Breathe curricula. In addition the teams shared current guidelines in the management obstetric and newborn emergencies.
- Objective Structured Clinical Exam for PPH Management, AMSTL, Partograph use, newborn resuscitation.
- Demonstrations and case scenarios especially for newborn care and management.
- Hands on clinical assessment with clients especially management of Post Abortion Care using MVA, and infection prevention.
- Some lectures on Eclampsia and Use of Magnesium Sulphate.
- Sharing of Standard operating procedures.
- Discussion on use of data for decision making.Many are enrolled midwives that needed refresher training in those areas of need. This set up the tone for the mentorship in the selected facilities.
In all, 184 midwives were assessed for their knowledge and skills in maternal and newborn care. OSCEs were held for partograph use, newborn resuscitation, and management of Post-partum haemorrhage.
Many are enrolled midwives that needed refresher training in those areas of need. This set up the tone for the mentorship in the selected facilities.