Training was aimed to build and strengthen strategic Leadership, Management, Advocacy and Communication skills in Population and Reproductive Health, of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan to conduct a training seminar / workshop for Program / Project Officers of UNFPA supported programs in the states, NGOs, Research institutions and other IPs on the concept and principle of leadership and its role in efficient project management as well as advocacy and communication skills.The one week training took participants through the necessary strategic, management, advocacy and communication skills required to meet and solve challenges. The participants were drawn from the six geo-political zones of Nigeria.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its implementing organization on Fistula care Project, Engender health, has a vision to address the enormous backlog of women awaiting life-altering fistula repair, ensuring that they receive timely and quality care from trained providers. At the same time, they work to remove barriers to emergency obstetric care that lead to fistula in the first place.
The project is currently working in 9 states in Nigeria supporting a network of facilities offering a continuum of services, from emergency obstetric care, referrals, and family planning to complex fistula repairs and advanced surgical training. Though not yet present in Oyo State but in recognition of Professor Ojengbede’s contribution in the area of Fistula care in Nigeria, the project decided to support him in giving adequate care to Fistula patients, especially those with financial incapability and unable to afford the cost of the repair. Training was conducted by Engender health in February 2012, where some members of UCH Fistula repair team headed by the professor were trained on monitoring, evaluation and reporting standards of VVF care
CPRH was contracted to provide Emergency Obstetric care and Neonatal care EMONC technical Support on the use of Misoprostol and Magnesium Sulphate for the management of pre-eclamapsia / eclamapsia – the second leading cause of maternal mortality in Nigeria in facilities in Seven (7) UNFPA selected States, namely: Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara States, from North-West and North-East of the country where the burden of Eclampsia is heaviest. There were several planning meetings on implementation of training on use of Misoprostol and Magnesium Sulphate, key Stakeholders Meeting to review, and harmonize several manuals/protocols into one standard document for use, Selection of Master trainers for each state. A Training of Trainers’ (TOT) was conducted for selected Master Trainers and Reproductive Health Coordinators from the seven (7) selected states in other to strengthen capacity for the use of Magnesium Sulphate and Misoprostol as well as to be able to conduct step-down trainings to 50 participants in their respective states.
All phases of the project implementation were successful. Currently baseline data collection has been concluded. The project is now in its mentoring phase which also includes the monthly collection of data from the health facilities to monitor trends in selected indicators.
Chicago-Ibadan training Interdisciplinary research grant is an NIH research training grant in collaboration with the Center, with PIs for Chicago Global Health and University of Ibadan. The training program is to implement evidence-based interventions to improve the health of underserved populations across Africa and thereby reduce global disparities in health outcomes. The direction the training encapsulated were interdisciplinary integration of training in basic, clinical, population and translational research; with emphasis on training in patient-oriented research in response to local needs. There are several categories of the training, these are; short-, medium and long term training categories. The centre has conducted capacity building for over 133 disadvantaged health workers, on Non-communicable Diseases with focus on safe motherhood, family planning and breast cancer, the projection for 5 years is to train 461 participants. Some of these beneficiaries are Radiologists, junior faculty members, Epidemiologists, Nurses, Physicians, Scientists, Pharmacists and other health care providers involved in research at pre- and post- doctoral levels. Also, 8 trainees have being on the Mentorship programme and training workshops were conducted in 2014 on molecular Diagnostics and translational Research, also Advanced Cancer Imaging training workshops were held.
CPRH was supported by UNFPA in the effectiveness of comprehensive Emonc Services, the Centre for Population and Reproductive health to reinforce and to provide technical support on EmonC for health workers in selected states are Akwa-Ibom, Kebbi, Lagos and FCT, Nigeria. The project started with strategic facilities preparatory and planning meeting with all the stakeholders’ partners at Ibadan- to discuss on the different phases of the project implementation, Supportive supervision, mentoring and job training for all cadres of health workers on basic and comprehensive EMONC, the selection of clusters, facilitators, and participants to partake in the training of health workers, as well as the logistics concerning baseline and subsequent periodical data collection procedures. Trainings conducted to and re-educate participants to identify common obstetric emergencies, on proper clinical management, so as to improve obstetric care thereby decreasing maternal and neonatal mortality. Quarterly supervisory support was provided, while state subsequent mentoring ensued, and this ensured continued improvement in health care.
The project intervention consisted of advocacy visits to all the selected states ministry of health to solicit for their full support for the productive implementation of the project in their states, collection of baseline data in all the selected states, series of training for health providers and research Assistants on Emonc as well as project mentoring, monitoring and evaluation. Baseline data collection in some of the states revealed that some of health providers ….. The progress of the staff displayed in the Implementation of the technical backstopping project in the UNFPA supported states was measured by periodical achievement and performance at the facility level is compared against the baseline, some areas which needed improvement were …… , while the facility performance indices were measured by birth weight and still births, postpartum haemorrhage, mode of deliveries, obstetric complications.
Overall, trainings were conducted for forty-five (45) health personnel from Kaduna and Cross river (North East and South South) facilities consisting of. Two Local resource persons each from were mentored from Benue, cross river, Ebonyi, Ogun and Kaduna States. Knowledge impaction was also evaluated through pre- and post-test.
Save the Children Foundation Liberia: CPRH is working with this organization in strengthen capacity for emergency obstetric care and family planning services in Liberia.