Closing Ceremony for Nurse Midwife Training in Shinyanga Region
Friday August 18, 2017
Shinyanga, Tanzania—On Friday August 18, 2017 a closing ceremony will take place to recognize the completion of in-service training of 120 midwives in the Shinyanga Region. This training focused on clinical skills in emergency obstetrics to improve midwifery care provided to mothers and their newborns.
This training is part of the Midwives Save Lives Project: “Mkunga Oka Maisha”, a four-year, multi-country project which aims to reduce maternal and neonatal deaths by ensuring that women, such as those in Shinyanga and Simiyu Regions, have access to high-quality midwifery care. In Tanzania, the project is being implemented by the Tanzania Midwives Association and the Canadian Association of Midwives through a partnership with Cuso International, and is funded by the Government of Canada.
The recent in-service training took place from July 10 to August 18, 2017. A total of six, five-day sessions, were conducted with 20 participants each. The objective of the training was to equip the midwives with clinical knowledge and skills to be able to manage obstetric and newborn emergencies within and outside their health facilities.
The critical areas of focus for this training included the management of eclampsia, obstetric hemorrhage, monitoring of labour, filling of partograph, shoulder dystocia and other obstetric and newborn emergencies.
In Shinyanga region the project is being implemented in four councils which include Ushetu, Msalala, Shinyanga and Kahama Town Council.
The training covered 100% of all health facilities in Ushetu (25), Msalal (22), Kahama Town Council (20) and 60% of the health facilities in Shinyanga District Council.
Sixty-three percent of the Midwives trained were from the dispensaries, 26% from the health centers and 13% from the hospital. Out of 120 midwives trained, 69% are Enrolled Midwives with professional training of two years and 31% were the Registered Nurses and Midwives with professional training of three years.
A midwife from Canadian Association of Midwives was among the trainers who supported facilitation of the training sessions.
The major activities of the MSL Project include, but are not limited to, developing and delivering training, mentoring and training equipment to midwifery instructors to improve teaching methodologies in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, clinical updates and Respectful Maternity Care (RMC). This year the project has planned to train 120 in-service midwives in Shinyanga Region.
The knowledge and skills gained by the 120 Midwives will improve the provision of maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health services in the region.