Almost 600.000 women die each year from pregnancy or birth related complications.
United Nations’ millennium development goal number 5 is to reduce
maternal mortality by 75% before 2015 but little progress has been made.
Obstetric Care (EmOC) has been identified as the most important
component of maternal health care to reduce maternal mortality. The
vast majority of health facilities in developing countries do not
provide basic EmOC.
Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO)
is the most widespread EmOC course attended by 75.000 (reference)health
providers worldwide. It lasts two days and focuses on hands-on and
teamwork training using mannequins in simulated situations of obstetric
The purpose of the African ALSO Network is to
disseminate and exchange experiences of ALSO teaching in Africa, to
document the impact of this training and refine the content of
the course to fit the challenges encountered in Africa.
By Bjarke Lund Sørensen
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