Health care heroes protect mothers and children
Thanks to neonatal care training that Therese received from Corus World Health, the baby took that first breath. Therese has delivered many more babies safely since taking a Basic and Emergency Obstetric Care course. In the hands-on classes, she and other nurses learned about interventions like emergency C-sections, assisting older mothers during prenatal visits and childbirth, and caring for sick or premature newborns.
Mothers and babies thrive when health care workers have the skills and tools to do their jobs. One important tool is called a partograph, a labor monitoring graph that records information like the fetal heart rate and the timing of labor. Before the Corus World Health supported program taught healthcare workers how to read them, only 11% of surveyed health facilities used partographs correctly. At the end of the project, 82% of health facilities are now using them correctly.
Tools and training to save lives
This program has been remarkably successful in keeping mothers and babies alive and healthy.
Here are a few other impressive changes brought about by this program:
- At the start of the program, only 62% of births were attended by a skilled professional at a health center. Of the health facilities surveyed, only 1.3% were able to offer quality emergency care for difficult deliveries.
- By the end of the project and continuing until today, 99% of births were attended by a trained health worker, and 86% of health facilities can provide emergency services when problems arise.
Beyond the numbers, the satisfaction of seeing healthy moms and babies keeps health care heroes like Nurse Therese going. Empowered by training and tools, she and other nurses know that when lives are in their hands, they know how to save them.