Rural Priorities Project, Ghana: 4TH QUARTER REPORT ON TRADITIONAL BIRTH ATTENDANTS TRAINING

21ST NOVEMBER – DECEMBER 18TH 2016

SUMMARY

The last batch of 22 practicing but untrained Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) being part of the 90 Traditional Birth Attendants selected from 45 hard to reach rural communities in the Jasikan District were  drew from 11 selected communities in two batches. The twenty-two were the last batch out of 90 identified practicing but untrained Traditional Birth Attendants in the Jasikan District. The first batch of 11 persons was trained in November and the rest 11 persons were trained in December. The training duration for each group was 14 days (2 weeks) and the standard training curriculum for Ghana Health Service was used. The Rural Priorities Project in the Jasikan District provided for the training. In effect the total Traditional Birth Attendants trained for the period under review stands at 22.

The caliber of trainers includes:

Public Health Specialist (The Medical Superintendent of Jasikan District Hospital).

Principal Nursing Officer (Jasikan District Hospital Matron)

Senior Staff Midwives (Nurse in-charge of Jasikan Hospital Maternity wing)

Nutrition Officer (District Nutrition Officer)

Disease Control Officer (District Disease Control Officer)

The training was organized at the Jolice Hotel conference centre. The course was residential and the participants were housed in the hotel. The standard modules for Traditional Birth Attendants training for Ghana were used in the training.

Training methods employed during the period were:

Demonstration

Discussion

Field experience

Group work and

Role play

The training was found to be very useful and would go a long way to improve performance of the trained Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs). The gesture exhibited by the Rural Priorities Project is worth emulating. The closing ceremony was witnessed by representative of the Jasikan District Assembly, the District Information Officer, the District Officer the Department of Social Welfare and the local radio station.

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