Making Sustainable Health Improvements through Education: Training of Community Health Professionals

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Making Sustainable Health Improvements through Education: Training of Community Health Professionals

Problem
Continued education of health providers in Micronesia has been overlooked for a number of years. Recently, Micronesian health communities have made concerted efforts to improve retraining and education, but have been faced with limited resources.

What we did to help
In July 2005, at the request of the Yap Department of Health Services Director, we provided a course in “life support in obstetrics” to the Yap medical and midwifery staff. This course was provided in association with the Hawai’i Consortium for Continuing Medical Education, the Hawai’i Medical Association, and the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawai’i.

At the end of the course, an obstetrical training manikin and instructional posters for dealing with obstetrical emergencies were donated to the community. We hope these items will help lengthen the impact the course makes in the health of the community.

Some feed back we received
“I consider the Life Support in Obstetrics courses to have been a major accomplishment since it addressed one of the core recommendations (to provide resuscitation training) of the Yap State Hospital neonatal mortality task force because of an increase of neonatal deaths last year. This course which you so kindly provided, reached our entire medical and midwifery staff.” – Dr. A. Mark Durand, Director of Yap State Department of Health Services, October 6, 2005.

“This is a great course! It helps (especially in places where the specialist is not available) as managed in emergency obstetrics. Now we are prepared for such an emergency.” Ramon Vista, July 17, 2005

Completed Project Grade: 84%