Working in Partnership
Oil Search Foundation supported the participation of fifteen health workers from the Gulf, Southern Highlands and Hela provinces to attend an Essential Obstetric Care training (EOC) in Moro – Kutubu district of Southern Highlands from 30 May to 3rd June 2016.
Also attending during the first morning of the training were three community advocates representing women’s groups from Kutubu and Moro. These first sessions focus on maternal health issues in PNG and in particular looking at “The 3 Delays” (delay in recognising the problem and deciding to go for care, delays in getting to a care facility and delays in receiving the right care at the right time from the healthcare providers) of which one or all are involved in maternal death and disability and how to make changes to prevent these delays to improve maternal outcomes in PNG. Maternal Death Reporting and Respectful Maternity Care are also included during these sessions.
The EOC training had created an opportunity for these fifteen officers to share with each other the challenges they encountered while providing Maternal and Neonatal care in some of the most geographically challenging and isolated locations of Papua New Guinea. One of the many new learnings for the Participants was the safe referral of obstetric patients using ISBAR (Identification, Situation, Background, Assessment and Recommendation). ISBAR is an effective tool when communicating with other health care workers when there is a need for urgent consultation and referral of patients. As a result of the EOC training, Participants developed their own strategies and plans that they wanted to implement when they returned to their various health facilities.
The Participants’ spokesperson was Roselyn Pele, a midwife from Hela Provincial Hospital, who in her closing remarks recommended that a performance review be conducted to see whether or not there were any improvements in the health indicators at their facilities.
The involvement of community advocates, representing Women’s groups from Kutubu and Moro reflects the commitment by Oil Search Foundation to support and empower the local communities to achieve better maternal health outcomes.
The photo above shows the health workers from the three provinces with their Certificates of Participation from PNG RHTU Essential Obstetric Care course at Tubage.