Ensuring the safety of mothers and newborns during childbirth in Namibia



Ensuring the safety of mothers and newborns during childbirth in Namibia

Namibia aims to reduce maternal mortality from 385 (NDHS 2013) to at least 200 per 100,000 live births by 2021/22

BRAZZAVILLE, Congo (Republic of), September 28, 2021 / Groupe APO / –

World Patient Safety Day was created in 2019 to improve global understanding of patient safety, increase public engagement in health care safety, and promote global actions to improve patient safety and reduce harm to patients. This year’s World Patient Safety Day was commemorated under the theme ‘Safe Maternal and Newborn Care’ with the World Health Organization calling on health facility managers, leaders and health workers around the world to adopt a set of 5 World Patient Safety Day 2021 goals to improve maternal and newborn safety at points of care, especially around childbirth.

The objectives are to:

reduce unnecessary and harmful practices for women and newborns during childbirth strengthen the capacity and support of health workers for safe maternal and newborn care promote respectful care for safe childbirth improve the safe use of medicines and blood transfusions during childbirth report and analyze safety incidents during childbirth.

Globally, around 800 women and 6,700 babies die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. In addition, nearly 5,400 babies are stillborn every day, 40% of these deaths being related to labor and delivery. Almost all maternal deaths (99%) occur in developing countries. More than half of these deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa.

Namibia aims to reduce maternal mortality from 385 (NDHS 2013) to at least 200 per 100,000 live births by 2021/22 and to reduce neonatal mortality from 20 to 10 per 1,000 live births by 2021/22 . This was stated by the governor of the Kavango East region, the Honorable Bonifatius Wakudumo, as he officiated at the commemoration of World Patient Safety Day in Rundu on September 17, 2021. He has stated that the Government of Namibia through the Department of Health and Human Services (MoHSS) will continue to promote and protect the well-being of patients and health workers by ensuring that policies and guidelines appropriate security are in place and implemented consistently. He called on all health workers to continue upholding the “vision and mission of MoHSS to provide quality health care”.

As part of the Patient Safety Campaign, WHO Namibia supported a series of trainings for 69 nurses, midwives and student nurses in Rundu, Nankudu, Andara and Nyangana health districts on awareness raising. patient safety and respectful maternity care from September 13-16, 2021. The trainings were facilitated by the Association of Independent Midwives of Namibia (IMANA) using the training curriculum adopted by the International Confederation of Midwives . The trainings created a platform for health workers to share best practices and challenges related to safe and respectful childbirth at health facility and community level.

The training aimed at:

raise awareness of maternal and newborn safety, especially during childbirth. stress the importance of preventing avoidable risks and harms for all women and newborns during childbirth. increase awareness to ensure safe healthcare build the capacity of healthcare workers to provide respectful maternal care and create a platform for healthcare workers to share their experiences

There is a strong need to continue to organize similar training to help establish and strengthen a culture of safety in which health workers can freely share their safety concerns in order to improve respectful and safe maternity care.

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