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Jhpiego Newsletter | February 2018
Nurses, mother and baby
Mentoring Makes the Difference
Hands-on learning, with frequent and supervised practice, helps a nurse to handle postpartum hemorrhage.
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Man working
After-Hours HIV Prevention for the Busy Man
In Malawi, a new voluntary medical male circumcision service model geared toward men who are busy from 9-to-5 means they don’t have to decide between making a living and living a healthy life.
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Women and children
A Crowd is Waiting for a Mobile Cervical Cancer Clinic
In Burkina Faso, a cervical cancer clinic on wheels delivers free screening and treatment to women living in remote regions, where death rates from this preventable disease are the highest.
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Labor can progress at varying rates for different women, and still be healthy, according to the article, “Progression of the first stage of spontaneous labour: A prospective cohort study in two sub-Saharan African countries.” The findings, published in PLOS Medicine, show that dilation often happens at a much slower rate than previously thought. Harshad Sanghvi, Jhpiego’s Chief Medical Officer, is among the members of the research team that studied the births of 5,550 laboring women from 13 hospitals in Nigeria and Uganda.

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Although task sharing has often been initiated as a short-term measure, data from numerous countries suggest that it should be viewed as a long-term, complementary strategy for the training of surgeons, an article published in Human Resources for Health concludes. The authors of the article, “Bridging the human resource gap in surgical and anesthesia care in low-resource countries: a review of the task sharing literature” note a need for modeling studies to identify the optimal workforce mix and more research on a range of interventions.

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In Ghana, the low-dose, high-frequency approach to training—with on-site training, peer practice, a low-cost mobile messaging system, and mentorship follow-up by phone—was highly cost-effective, a good value for the money, and could be delivered in a sustainable model in future programs focused on accelerating newborn survival, according to a study in BMC Globalization and Health, “Incremental cost and cost-effectiveness of low-dose, high-frequency training in basic emergency obstetric and newborn care as compared to status quo: part of a cluster-randomized training intervention evaluation in Ghana.”

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