Task-Shifting–Or Why Doctors Might Not Always Be Necessary to Save Mothers’ Lives

first_imgPosted on August 31, 2010June 21, 2017By: Maria M. Pawlowska, Cambridge Gates ScholarClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Global Maternal Health Conference 2010 is underway! Unfortunately, I’m not there in New Delhi to witness it all first-hand but the organisers are kindly live streaming some of the sessions so I can still feel like I’m participating in this extraordinary event, while sitting in my office in Cambridge, UK.The theme of the live streamed afternoon session (which took place in the early morning UK time yesterday) was “Strengthening access to maternal health” and I tuned in to listen about the importance of human resources.The White Ribbon Alliance has been doing an amazing job the past months and spreading the word about the importance of skilled birth attendants and campaigning for funds to train health workers. The presentations in this session further stressed the importance of training staff who are not necessarily obstetricians and gynaecologists, available to help and treat birthing women.Helen de Pinho from AMDD talked about the changing situation in Africa, where increasing numbers of non-physician clinicians (NPC) are broadening the scope of health services they provide. NPCs already provide emergency obstetric care in 6 countries and this number is bound to increase in the near future. De Pinho stressed task-shifting as the key – it’s been proven that NPCs can provide, regular and emergency obstetric care with equal success to doctors. Importantly, their training is shorter, quicker and cheaper with no loss in the quality of services they provide to their patients.In keeping with the theme, Jeffrey Smith, Jhpiego regional director in Asia spoke about the advantages of midwifery services and what it takes to educate a midwife in the developing world. He argued that the aim of a midwife’s education should be to produce a “health worker [who] is competent, employed and able to work effectively”. Thus, it’s important to focus midwives’ education on clinical practice and continually assess the learning process. Students must be given the permission to provide care, obviously under supervision at least at first, and not just watch others providing it. In order to really gain the skills they require to effectively treat their patients they must have the hands-on clinical experience. Once their education is done, the key is to make sure the midwife is employed and her skills are properly taken advantage of – therefore she must have access to at least basic drugs and a space where she can safely see her patients. A “clinic” without a roof and no medical supplies just won’t do it! It’s also important to remember that both the midwives themselves, and communities tend to benefit most from medical training if the midwife is allowed to return to practice in her home village/town after graduation.The role of training health workers is hard to overestimate and it will take time to train the health professionals we are currently lacking. In the mean time it should be remembered that there are other very cheap and highly effective methods of combating maternal mortality in the short run. Ndola Prata, and colleagues, from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health have very recently published an analysis showing that the cheapest and most effective way of preventing maternal deaths is investing in family planning and misoprostol (a drug for stomach ulcers turned haemorrhage prevention and treatment “miracle” pill). Misoprostol has recently been gaining mainstream media attention for how incredibly cheap, safe and effective it is at saving lives.Stay up to date with the conference happenings! Follow the Maternal Health Task Force and EngenderHealth on Twitter: @MHTF and @EngenderHealth. The conference hashtag is #GMHC2010.For more posts about the Global Maternal Health Conference, click here.For the live stream schedule, click here.Check back soon for the archived videos of today’s presentations.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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first_imgWith 2017 only weeks away, it’s time to start drafting those New Year’s resolutions. While you’re looking to the future it’s important to really home in on what you’d like to accomplish in the new year. And while we can’t promise that you’ll stick with that new gym membership or Mandarin lessons, we can guarantee that one of our latest job openings can help you start the new year off right.If you want to join our team, apply to one of the open positions listed below. Or visit our careers page to view more openings.Senior Producer (New York, NY) – The Senior Producer leads large interactive projects and is responsible for their success. This role manages not only creative and development project teams, but other producers supporting specific projects. As a Senior Producer, you will lead the discovery process on large engagements and accurately scope projects while defining their requirements and success metrics. You will also be tasked with managing multi-million dollar projects and overseeing multiple producers and interdisciplinary project teams. The ideal candidate has excellent negotiation and presentation skills, and prior experience as an interactive producer.Associate SEO Analyst (Atlanta, GA) – This role requires an understanding of organic search engine optimization, a natural sense of curiosity, at least one year of SEO experience, and a web technology background that fuels client solution and SEO innovation. This role will be responsible for technical site analysis, competitive/keyword research, and link analysis. They will also be responsible for optimizing various site elements, including site structure, content based marketing campaigns, and guiding the development of reports which highlight the qualitative and quantitative trends from ongoing SEO efforts.Supervisor, Programmatic (Los Angeles, CA) – We’re looking for someone with programmatic experience that can help lead our clients into the new age of media buying. The ideal candidate will have strong problem-solving and communication skills, be organized and detailed oriented, and possess a passion to be a programmatic evangelist. The Programmatic Supervisor needs to know the ins and outs of programmatic buying tools and be able to dissect campaign performance and implement optimizations that improve performance. The ideal candidate knows the programmatic ecosystem and demonstrates a strong working knowledge of RTB, PMPs, DSPs, SSPs/ ad exchanges, and 3rd party data providers. The role requires engaging with Media and Account teams to evangelize our approach to programmatic solutions and identify other areas for improvement or digital media growth.Senior Strategist, Communications (New York, NY) – The Senior Strategist is a key member of 360i’s curiosity-driven Strategy department, housed within a full-service agency of creative storytellers and analytical thinkers. This person will own overall strategy for one or more key clients and will also have the opportunity to help shape and guide the expansion of Communications Strategy across the agency, working directly with the VP Strategy, Communications Lead. The ideal candidate has 7-9 years of experience in strategy with emphasis on strategic communications planning, and is passionate about unearthing insights through data.Associate Media Manager – Display (Atlanta, GA) – We are looking for an Associate Media Manager with digital marketing experience to implement paid media campaigns. This person will be a key component of the overall success of the media team, our clients, and 360i as a whole, as he or she will be assigned with planning and optimizing campaigns to meet and surpass the client’s success metrics. This position requires collaboration with other internal media teams as well as with 360i Account Management. The ideal candidate is a team player who thrives on success, motivation, and innovation and embraces fast-paced environments where the potential for growth is limitless.View more job openings on our careers page.last_img read more