In partnership with Save The Children
The Association of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Uganda (AOGU) together with the Uganda Pediatric Association (UPA) in January 2016 trained a group of frontline health workers from the central and Midwestern regions of Uganda in an integrated programme for CEmONC and eMTCT. The integrated Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (CEmONC) /eMTCT training is an innovative approach towards a paradigm shift in the practice of health workers to continually look out for and harness missed opportunities in their practice of evidence based principles of care in Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH) that will enhance the eMTCT of HIV.
The overall goal of the training was to improve the delivery of HIV. Specifically enhancing skill competencies of different cadres in CEmOC, newborn care and eMTCT, the promotion of professionalism, health worker participation in documentation and in advocacy and preventive strategies for maternal, newborn and eMTCT interventions were addressed.
Through interactive lectures, small group discussions and skills demonstrations the participants were refreshed in various areas of EmONC targeting the management of major contributors to maternal and newborn morbidity/mortality. Important links with eMTCT were incorporated into the training to change routine practice by increasing awareness for the continuous and deliberate effort to provide HIV screening treatment and care for mothers and their newborn.