Open days have been held at three skills laboratories (labs) at the Provincial Referral Hospitals of Kampot, Kampong Thom, and Kampong Speu, Cambodia. The skills labs have been established for one year as part of The Muskoka Project which is funded by GIZ and implemented by GFA with technical support from the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health. The labs are stocked with equipment to support training in adult and neonatal resuscitation, obstetric emergencies such as shoulder dystocia, postpartum haemorrhage and eclampsia as well as management of complicated births e.g. twins and breech births. Using the skills labs enables midwives and doctors to practice the skills needed when a mother or baby needs emergency care (Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care or EmOC&NC). These skills are essential to save lives, and the skills labs provide opportunities to practice skills in a safe environment with the support of a trainer, therefore helping to improve the quality of care for mothers and their babies.
During the open days in March 2018, a total of 105 healthcare workers visited the skills labs. One midwife said:
“It is the first time I am visiting the skills lab. I have really enjoyed practising skills on the mannequins especially breech delivery and neonatal resuscitation. It will help me when I am at work. I will come again.”
Each open day was accompanied by teaching sessions held in the afternoons. In Kampot, 27 midwives attended a teaching session in the skills lab during their Midwife Coordination Alliance Team meeting. In small groups, they all had the opportunity to practice skills in resuscitation, complicated births including breech and shoulder dystocia and participate in a role play on the management of a postpartum haemorrhage. One midwife said:
“Now I understand more what to do when a woman has a haemorrhage following the birth of her baby. This will help save her life and make me a better midwife.”
Terry Kana, Senior Research Associate at CMNH:
“Using skills labs to support midwives and doctors to practice and improve their EmOC&NC skills in a safe learning environment enables users to practice skills at their own pace and leads to increased confidence and competence. This will help improve the quality of care women and their babies receive.”
This news story is an adaptation of an original article by GIZ. You can read the original article here.