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Mobile platform for traditional birth attendant and local midwives training

The goal of TBA training is to contribute to the reduction of maternal and child mortality and morbidity through improved delivery skills.

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A traditional birth attendant (TBA) has been defined by United Nations as a person who assists mothers during childbirth and initially acquired her skills by delivering babies herself or through apprenticeship to other TBAs. TBAs presently deliver the majority of women in Nigeria as in other developing countries. It is estimated that between 60 and 80% of all deliveries in the developing countries occur outside modern health care facilities, with a significant proportion  of this attended to by TBAs. In an eastern Nigerian study, it was found that although 93% of rural women who had a childbirth or a spontaneous abortion registered for prenatal care, 49% delivered at home under the care of TBAs.

The goal of TBA training is to contribute to the reduction of maternal and child mortality and morbidity through improved delivery and child care practices . This will help women’s health by improving the skills, increase the number of births conducted by trained TBAs and improve the links between modern health services and the traditional births attendant. The platform will provide Core training on how traditional birth attendants will perform deliveries in a more hygienic and safer fashion, discouraging harmful practices, recognising danger signs and referring women with complications to facilities where essential obstetric care is available. Health education for pregnant women and antenatal and postnatal care will also be included.

This platform will provide information to women on child health intervention, health promotion and family planning.

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

How can we create platform for rural healthcare workers and rural women to improve the life of women and their children? Training platform that could deliver tailored trainings for rural workers in a language they understand, which could help bridge linguistic and cultural barriers? How can we generate reliable data for and from rural health care provider and rural women with mobile platforms ?

How does this research relate to our use cases and personas?

Rural women would greatly benefit from a mobile plat form that is providing them with daily information for their health .The training provided would teach the traditional birth attendant to know their limits and know when to refer to government health facilities. Healthcare workers could connect with patients through this platform. Policy makers could use data and responses generated from this platform to make a case for what resources are needed and how to distributed resources in the area.

Tell us about yourself:

I am a graduate with B.Sc Biochemistry. Always Looking for solutions to issues affecting girls, women and children is my passion particularly in education, Pregnancy, maternal and child healthcare.

Are you currently an employee of Sutter Health or UCB Pharmaceuticals?

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@ Laureto, I have a pregnancy, maternal and child care support group on facebook. I am also planning to connect with TBA's in my community. I have lots of them around and still gathering my health volunteer team to work on the project.

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Hi Olasunkanmi thank you for joining the challenge and sharing your insights! Do you have any maternal health orgs in your community or any TBA networks you are connected with?

Excited to learn more!