BY: SAMUEL WAINAINA MWANGI
After Ebola catastrophe in Liberia and deaths of many healthcare professionals and brain drain, an international non governmental organization came up with an innovation to bridge obstetric skill gaps through sustainable programme and relieves some of the pressures on the already stretched and overworked doctors. The NGO carried out a pilot study and two experienced midwives were recruited to undergo two year training course followed by a year long internship. The training entailed performing surgeries in operating theatre and taking obstetric ultrasound.
The innovation by British NGO (maternal and child health advocacy international) to initiate a task shifting training programme in Liberia to teach midwives advanced obstetric skills came at the right time. The two trainee nurses on this programme have participated in 422 caesarean sections and saved the lives of hundreds of other mothers. The NGO have shown it’s possible to reduce maternal death rate in countries with high maternal mortality rate if the right thing are done at the right time. The programme need ICN and advanced practice nursing network support and endorsement.
I propose the International council of nurses and advanced practice nursing network to send 2-3 midwives practitioners to Liberia to study the innovation and then come up with a report. It will also be very important for the international council of nurses and advanced practice nursing network to liaise with maternal and child health advocacy international plus any other credible international NGO, and then carryout a study/research on the outcome of the patient operated by nurses/midwives. This is to avoid a situation where some NGOs with hidden agenda carry out partisan studies and give misleading recommendations.
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