|Reporting Organization:||The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC)|
|Total Budget ($CAD):||$ 1,642,960|
|Timeframe:||May 30, 2011 - March 28, 2013|
|Haiti - $ 1,642,960.00 (100.00%)|
|Health Systems, Training & Infrastructure (90 %)|
|Health Promotion & Education (10 %)|
The project contributes to the reconstruction of the Haitian health system through the development of a critical mass of human resources with the necessary skills, knowledge and practical experience to adequately respond to the country’s needs in terms of maternal and perinatal health. It aims to strengthen the clinical capacity building of health professionals including graduates, interns and residents in obstetrics and gynaecology, as well as current practitioners, to provide maternal and neonatal care that meets international standards, with a view to decrease mortality and maternal and neonatal morbidity in Haiti. Some project activities include: (i) producing and disseminating clinical guidelines on the management of obstetric and neonatal complications; (ii) strengthening the capacity of four universities (State University of Haiti, Notre Dame, Quisqueya and Lumière) to offer internship placements; and (iii) training 360 graduates, interns and residents, as well as 160 current health practitioners in emergency obstetric and neonatal care.
|Gender and age:||Adult women Adult men|
|Total Direct Population:||697|
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Results achieved as of the end of the project (March 2013) include:
Five clinical guidelines for the management of obstetric and neonatal complications have been developed or updated, approved by the Ministry of Health and disseminated to the four universities and to other health care facilities across the country in order to improve the quality of care for obstetric and neonatal complications. This component of the project has strengthened the technical capacity of nine professionals, including five representatives of the Ministry of Health, who are now in a better position to facilitate the production, revision and approval of clinical guidelines in order to guide the obstetric practice in Haiti.
The project also contributed to the development of the emergency obstetric course ALARM – Haiti (Advances in Labour and Risk Management – Haiti) adapted to the Haitian context and integrating the revised guidelines. Thirty professors of obstetrics benefitted from workshops on new teaching methods and created four teaching modules focusing on the new clinical guidelines and integrating interactive teaching principles. Almost 500 medical students (331 graduates, 86 internal, 81 residents) and a critical mass of resources in four university hospitals (148 health care professionals representing more than 90% of professionals working in the maternity of these hospitals) updated their knowledge and expertise in emergency obstetrics. In addition, the project strengthened the Haitian Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology (SHOG) leadership. Nineteen new ALARM instructors have been trained, allowing the SHOG to provide regular training opportunities to health professionals.
With over 600 health professionals trained, high standard clinical guidelines in place, and well-prepared professors and internship supervisors ready to pass on their knowledge and skills to future generations, this initiative has strengthened the capacity of the health system to respond to the maternal health needs of Haitian women and to contribute to a decrease in maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity rates in Haiti.