Ma­ter­nal and in­fant care gets a boost

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

CLOSE TO 100 health pro­fes­sion­als who re­ceived specialised train­ing in ma­ter­nal and in­fant care and man­age­ment are to be recog­nised for their achieve­ments un­der the train­ing com­po­nent of the Pro­gramme for the Re­duc­tion of Ma­ter­nal and Child Mor­tal­ity (PROMAC).

The 96 par­tic­i­pants have suc­cess­fully com­pleted the PROMAC-spon­sored train­ing, which should bet­ter en­able them to deal with the chal­lenges as­so­ci­ated with neona­tal care, and im­prove the over­all ef­fort to re­duce child mor­tal­ity. Their ar­eas of train­ing in­cluded ma­ter­nal foetal medicine, neona­tol­ogy and crit­i­cal care; neona­tal nu­tri­tion, post-ba­sic crit­i­cal care and mid­wifery. With these ad­di­tional skills, the health-care pro­fes­sion­als have now boosted the ca­pac­ity of the health sec­tor to han­dle the chal­lenges as­so­ci­ated with neona­tal treat­ment and care.

EX­PER­TISE

Health-care work­ers were trained across both pri­mary and se­condary care within the pub­lic sec­tor and their ac­com­plish­ment also comes at a time when re­newed fo­cus has been placed on the care and treat­ment of ba­bies in Ja­maican health fa­cil­i­ties, as well as on the equip­ment and ex­per­tise re­quired to han­dle these chal­lenges.

Their train­ing forms just one com­po­nent of the over­all ini­tia­tives of PROMAC, and was fi­nanced by a por­tion of the funds that have been al­lo­cated un­der the $2.8 bil­lion (€22 mil­lion) pro­gramme funded by the Euro­pean Union, aimed at re­duc­ing the in­ci­dence of neona­tal and ma­ter­nal deaths. Other as­pects of the pro­gramme in­clude the de­sign of ma­ter­nal and neona­tal high-de­pen­dency units at health fa­cil­i­ties, the pro­cure­ment of am­bu­lances and equip­ment, and the de­sign and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of pri­mary-care cen­tres is­land­wide.

PROMAC has been op­er­a­tional in Ja­maica since 2013, in an ef­fort to sup­port Ja­maica’s achieve­ment of Mil­len­nium De­vel­op­ment Goals 4 and 5, re­duc­ing child mor­tal­ity and im­prov­ing ma­ter­nal health, re­spec­tively. Un­der the pro­gramme, spe­cific ob­jec­tives in­clude re­duc­ing the in­ci­dence of neona­tal and ma­ter­nal deaths, im­prov­ing the qual­ity of man­age­ment of high-risk preg­nan­cies at both ter­tiary and pri­mary-care lev­els, and en­hanc­ing pub­lic aware­ness and un­der­stand­ing of health-care pro­cesses and pa­tients’ rights.

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