Health Sector Support Program - Improving emergency maternal and newborn care
The overall objective of the Health Sector Support Program was that young people, pregnant women, mothers and injecting drug users make increasing use of improved health services. GFA implemented the programe´s thematic area (A) "Improving Emergency Maternal and Newborn Care (MNC)" in ten intervention districts. GFA strengthened the quality of MNC by conducting activities in three work packages:
- Improving clinical skills for managing MNC emergencies through clinical mentoring;
- Improving the management of hospitals and health facilities through management mentoring;
- Strengthening the referral system for MNC.
Health workers providing MNC at the supported 58 health facilities and health staff with management roles in these facilities as well as members of Hospital Development Committees and Health Facility Operation and Management Committees received mentoring. A special group of intermediaries was selected senior clinical staff in hospitals who were involved in the mentoring and able to take over clinical mentoring after the completion of the intervention to make impacts sustainable.
Combined clinical and management mentoring was provided in 58 facilities, both Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (CEONC) and Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (BEONC) sites and Birthing Centres.