Making maternal health a priority in Chad

News article 18 Oct 2018
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A team from the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH) travelled to N’Djamena, Chad in September 2018 to deliver a demonstration workshop of the antenatal (ANC) and postnatal (PNC) competency-based training for healthcare providers. Alongside colleagues from CMNH were UK and Togolese-based volunteers who delivered the training. This unique mix of skills and experiences ensured that the demonstration workshop was country-specific and highlighted the sustainability of the project with in-country Master Trainers taking ownership of the project as soon as possible.

The participants included obstetric and midwifery managers from the 12 districts across Chad and colleagues from the Ministry of Health and TB, malaria and HIV programmes. Their feedback was positive, especially regarding the methodology of the workshop. They particularly enjoyed the practical skill training, with one participant stating that this was the first time she had been taught abdominal palpation and foetal assessment in a comprehensive manner. The group especially enjoyed training with a multi-disciplinary team as this meant that they could learn from each other regarding many aspects of antenatal and postnatal care.

The next course is planned for early November, with 12 Master Trainers being trained to support the roll-out of the programme.

Hannah McCauley, Senior Research Associate and Kirsty Lowe, Research Associate in Midwifery at CMNH, who developed and delivered the workshop commented:
“There is a palpable need and desire within Chad to improve maternal health and the Minister of Health has made it a priority. When maternal health improves, it benefits the entire society and the MoH in Chad are making that a reality. CMNH are honoured to input into this process and look forward to partnering with colleagues in Chad to improve the quality of care for women and their families during and after pregnancy.”

CMNH is also working to improve the quality of care of ANC and PNC in Chad; prior to this training, CMNH also held a workshop in N’djamena where participants were invited to review standards on quality of ANC and PNC to the context of Chad.

With thanks to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) for supporting this work.

 

Participants undertaking skills training in examination of the newborn.