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Building Capacity to Save Women’s Lives in Mali Print E-mail

Voices from the Capacity Project

Matrones at a health center in MaliHealth worker Berthé Aissata Touré is dedicated to helping women deliver their babies safely, but in a large country like Mali with vast rural areas, birth complications are especially risky. “When we had cases of hemorrhage we referred them to the district referral center,” Touré explains. “Often the trip is very long and there is too much time to lose blood on the way. Even once you get there it can take a while to have blood available. Many women were lost.”

Touré is among a group of auxiliary midwives called matrones who attend the majority of births in Mali. Pregnancy- and delivery-related mortality remains the primary cause of death among women of reproductive age. Although postpartum hemorrhage—the leading cause of maternal mortality—cannot be predicted, it can be avoided with appropriate measures. The World Health Organization recommends using a technique known as active management of the third stage of labor (AMTSL) to prevent excessive blood loss after delivery. AMTSL also helps decrease other complications that can occur, including retained placenta. Matrones, however, were not authorized to administer uterotonic drugs, a critical component of AMTSL, and thus couldn’t be trained in the lifesaving practice.

HRH Assessment Findings Presented to Partners in Vietnam Print E-mail

In collaboration with representatives of the US Government (USG) and UNAIDS, Capacity Project staff recently presented a draft final report of an assessment of human resources for health (HRH) to the Vietnam Administration of HIV/AIDS Control (VAAC) and other key partners.

Evaluation of Workplace Climate Improvement Initiatives Completed in Tanzania Print E-mail

Since 2008, the Capacity Project has led a series of work climate improvement (WCI) initiatives in 22 health facilities in Ulanga District, Tanzania, designed to improve worker morale, productivity and retention.

Capacity Project Finalizes Strategic Plans for Nursing and Midwifery Schools in Rwanda Print E-mail

Over the course of the past year, the Capacity Project has collaborated with the Rwanda Ministry of Health to develop individual comprehensive strategic plans for the Kibungo, Nyagatare, Byumba, Rwamagana and Kabgayi Nursing and Midwifery Schools.

"A New Era": Health Information Resource Centers in Southern Sudan Print E-mail

Voices from the Capacity Project

Juba Teaching Hospital Health Information Resource CenterAs a public health officer at the Southern Sudan Ministry of Health, Abdullah Rahman needed up-to-date information to support his work. Even in the capital city of Juba, it wasn’t easy to find what he was looking for. “We used to look in our other books and the libraries at the ministries, or friends’ books—but it is difficult, because some information you cannot find there.” Reliable Internet access was another complication. “It’s important for us to connect with other people,” he says, and for “any news from our partners, we connect by Internet.”

In Southern Sudan, the Capacity Project is strengthening the Ministry of Health’s ability to hire, train and manage a high-quality health workforce. One objective is to implement a strategic approach to workforce development, which includes improving access to health information. The new Juba Teaching Hospital Health Information Resource Center is part of these efforts.

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