Emergency Obstetric Care
Partnerships with Local Hospitals to Improve the Quality of Emergency Obstetric Care
The assessment of obstetric services by the partnership has led to a participatory research collaboration between the PRHP and Kofangayan Hospital.
The staff and administrators are helping to identify key problems to be studied, collecting data, and will use study results to improve the functioning of maternal health services.
The first such problem identified was the degree to which the lack of electricity is an obstacle to emergency obstetric surgery and thus a major cause of delays in emergency care. The PRHP has obtained funds from the Blum Center for Developing Economies for a pilot project to equip Kofangayan Hospital with low maintenance solar technology to power delivery room and operating theater lighting, medical equipment and rechargeable two-way radios.
(Funded by the Blum Center for Developing Economies; Stachel, Perlman, Potts Co-PIs)