Training Midwives and OBGYNs in Remote Areas of Argentina

Need

In 2011, the Ministry of Health for Argentina became aware, as a result of an international UN-sponsored study, that their rate of peripartum complications was unacceptably high. After studying the situation, the Ministry concluded that the problem was primarily in rural settings where midwives and OBGYNs are not as well trained or equipped to recognize and effectively manage these complicated patients. They sought help in addressing this public health issue.

Intervention

The Ministry recognized simulation as an efficient way to provide these clinicians the training they needed in remote locations. They turned to STRATUS to develop a simulation-based training program. Three OBGYNs traveled to STRATUS for the initial training and then STRATUS trainers traveled to Argentina to train another 40 clinicians. This group then took the training to clinicians in remote locations throughout the country.

Impact

Although there is no published data on the effect of this intervention on morbidity and mortality, it was believed to be a sensible approach to a recognized educational deficiency.

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