Medicine & Dentistry-Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Alberta
BSc, PhD, MDCM, MEd
Summary of research:
This initiative aims to improve the skills of 200 primary health workers and 4,500 midwives to deliver healthy babies, benefiting more than 50,000 women and 100,000 children in a country with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. This project also strengthens the skills of health specialists and officers to deal with emergency birthing situations, and contributes to building the institutional capacity of the two local partners, the Federal Ministry of Health and St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College. This project seeks to reduce the incidence of illness and death in mothers during childbirth and in the period just before and just after, by enhancing the teaching and clinical skills of key frontline workers in the Ethiopian health system involved in maternal and newborn health. Expected Results: The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: increased use of good quality skilled birth attendants among expectant mothers; increased use of improved referral system for emergency birthing situations; and enhanced institutional environment to support sustainable, equitable and gender sensitive maternal health services.