Midwifery Training Workshop
In an effort to strengthen and expand capacity building efforts of frontline healthcare workers UNFPA in collaboration with Jhpiego, Intel, ICM, Laerdal, Global Health and WHO holds a two-day workshop (24-25 May) for ICM's Technical Midwife Advisers, UNFPA country advisers and Jhpiego country representatives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
A half day induction training was provided on May 24th with the objective to orient the participants on the recent e-learning modules for emergency obstetric care signal functions. A multi-media platform named SKOOOL developed by Intel allows education to take place anywhere and anytime.
The training strated on time with participants from 30 countries. A hands on course was conducted by UNFPA, JHPIEGO and Intel facilitators on how to use the multi-media platform SKOOOL and the first set of e-learning modules, including Managing Pre-Eclampsia and Eclampsia, Managing Post-Partum Hemorrhage, Managing Post-Abortion Care and Managing Prolonged and Obstructed Labor for midwives, nurses or physicians.
At the end of the sessions participants were requested to give feedback. Most of the feedback indicated that the UNFPA/JHPIEGO/WHO materials are good and well presented but participants voiced their concern on how to advocate for these to be adopted in their country. It was emphasised that countries should be able to familiarise themselves with these materials in order to be able to advocate for them. The IT system used is such that countries can develop and upload their own modules.
The ICM team enjoyed a first interesting day, however disappointment was high as there is no acknowledgement in the materials for ICM's efforts to review the materials. Nonetheless, learning took place.
The last two hours of the day have been spent with the Investing in Midwives Programme Team - Abigail, Jemima and Pashtoon, presenting a document that they have developed to facilitate processes for countries who would like to implement the same processes as were used to strengthen midwifery in the IMP countries. The title of the document is going to be "Strengthening Midwifery Systems Guidance". The document presents a step by step way of strengthening the midwifery systems in countries covering education, regulation and association development.
The guidance presents what needs to be done starting from needs analysis, programme palnning and implementation including considerations to be made and actions to take to increase the possibility of success.
The audience felt this is going to be a very useful and timely document which is coming at a time when countries would like to join the programme. The day ended on that happy note where midwifery is beeing adovocated for and countries being provided with yet another tool to strengthen midwifery.