40 Auxillary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) and Lady Health Visitors (LHV) in the Pune district of Maharashtra State, India attended the first ever ‘skills mall’ in March 2018. This innovative intervention provided the healthcare providers with skills-based learning on health care and lifesaving skills for newborns and mothers. At the event, ANMs and LHVs had access to five different stalls, which taught skills such as newborn resuscitation, management of obstetric haemorrhage, shoulder dystocia and breech, maternal mental health & communication skills. The stalls were facilitated by experts from Fernandez Hospital, MGIMS, Babu Trust and other individual experts.
This self-directed learning opportunity was well received by the participants, and officials from the Government of Maharashtra opined that such activities with a mix of technical and soft skills are essential for the ANMs. A second skills mall is now planned to take place in Pune in July 2018.
Additional District Health Officer, Pune:
“All our training initiatives should have such good mix of technical and non-technical skills”
Professor Matthews Mathai, Chair in Maternal and Newborn Health at the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health:
“The learning opportunities under this initiative have been tailored to the expressed needs of ANMs. These frontline health workers in primary health care are ever so keen to be updated on knowledge and skills required to provide quality care”.
The skills mall is a collaborative initiative between Foundation for Research in Community Health (FRCH) and Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH).