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PROMPT in Zimbabwe

PROMPT courses are now being run at Mpilo Central Hospital, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. 

In Zimbabwe one in 43 women die as a result of pregnancy and childbirth, and it is hoped that introducing PROMPT training to Zimbabwe will save many lives.

A Health Partnership: Mpilo-PROMPT-North Bristol NHS Trust

North Bristol NHS Trust and Mpilo Central Hospital are linked through a Health Partnership.  As part of this partnership a team of midwives, obstetricians, a paediatrician and anaesthetist from NBT and the Zimbabwe Health Training Support travelled to Zimbabwe in November 2011 to run a PROMPT train-the-trainers (T3) course. 

Since attending the T3 course, senior midwives and doctors at Mpilo have run nine PROMPT training courses at Mpilo.  So far 203 members of staff at Mpilo have been trained, 88% of these staff had never previously attended any obstetric emergency training.  In addition to running PROMPT training, staff have made changes to their working environment including the introduction of a labour ward board, emergency boxes and the introduction of Maternity Early Warning Observation Charts.

In conjunction with the introduction of PROMPT training staff at Mpilo are now able to monitor their clinical outcomes through a monthly Maternity Dashboard produced by the Reproductive Health Officer.  The PROMPT team is hopeful that the introduction of PROMPT will improve clinical outcomes at Mpilo.

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This project has been very kindly supported by grants from the Tropical Health Educational Trust (THET), the Laerdal Foundation for Acute Medicine, the University of Bristol Alumni Fund and the BMA Humanitarian Fund.

Mpilo Hospital and Bristol in partnership to save mothers and babies lives: A timely intervention

Article Source: ZweOnline.Com

Only a week ago, Zimbabwe’s Deputy Prime Minister, Thokozani Khuphe, announced to the world that maternal mortality in Zimbabwe is actually higher than previously thought. She said;

“It is disheartening to note that the number of women in Zimbabwe dying during delivery has increased from 725 deaths for every 100 000 live births to 960 deaths for every 100 000 live births.” She also noted that “.. these deaths are increasing for both mothers and children further confirming the need for intervention.”

Yesterday, the UK government made an official announcement of an intervention already underway at Mpilo Hospital in Zimbabwe. An intervention that was developed to focus squarely on these problems. An answer to the DPM’s prayer of some sort.