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27 September 2013
Koohi Goth Hospital is a relatively new hospital in Karachi with a strong commitment to women’s health care. And its Abu Zafar Institute of Medical Sciences is similarly committed to training nurses, paramedics and midwives. Both are natural partners for the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Services Project, which seeks to build the capacity of health workers to deliver high-quality health services.
Recently, Abu Zafar Institute constructed a new wing to the midwifery school; however, there was no clinical skills laboratory for students to practice basic and emergency obstetric and newborn care. To rectify this, the MNCH Services Project helped them use the new space to create the skills lab and provided teaching materials, skills checklists, anatomical models, equipment and supplies.
For example, the lab not only has a childbirth model, but also the job aids, instruments, gloves and infection prevention supplies to allow students to simulate a delivery and manage possible complications. Mama Natalie models—life-like simulators that recreate bleeding after birth—were also provided. Moreover, during an on-site MCHIP training, a senior clinical supervisor worked with teachers and staff to set up the lab and orient them to its operation and maintenance. The lab is now regularly used by midwifery students at the Institute.
Mahparas Syed, one such student, said: “The new skills lab is a blessing for us. Previously, we went to the patients directly and it was difficult to apply skills without hands-on practice. Now we are practicing skills on the models in the skills lab and have become more confident. We don’t hesitate before going to the patients. This enabling environment is helping us to build our midwifery skills.”
Building on this collaboration, the staff at Abu Zafar Institute is continuing to work with MCHIP to create a Center of Excellence for midwifery education.