In Uganda, for every 100,000 childbirths, 440 women die from preventable causes such as severe bleeding, hypertensive disorders and obstructed labor.
When a woman delivers her baby under the care of a skilled health worker such as a midwife, nurse or doctor, she drastically reduces her risk to these preventable causes. Most of these women live in rural communities where few and far between health facilities and a shortage of trained health workers make it difficult to access the care that women need before, during and after childbirth.
Amref Health Africa is directly addressing this problem: we are training more midwives using eLearning, or training that uses the internet that allows us to train them faster, more effectively, and cheaper.
eLearning ensures that health workers don’t have to be away from their jobs and families for long periods of time. Plus, health workers can put their much-needed new skills into practice immediately.
Through eLearning, we’ve trained life-saving midwives like Catherine who works at Katakwi General Hospital “in the many areas that need me; antenatal, family planning, the labor suite – it depends on the day!” the busy midwife tells us.