Ultrasound Training in Pakistan Supports Better Prenatal Care
Training is always important. But when it’s supporting Pakistan’s Vision 2025 goals of reducing infant mortality to less than 40 per 1,000 births (from 74), and maternal mortality to less than 140 per 100,000 births (from 276), it’s literally a matter of life and death.
GE Healthcare and local partner Ferozsons L.L. are cooperating with Pakistan’s Ministry of Health to provide advanced ultrasound technology training to healthcare providers and midwives in nine districts of Punjab to enhance the availability of high-quality 24/7 prenatal care.
These healthcare providers and midwives will then continue training primary healthcare providers throughout these districts year-round.
While the country has made significant improvements in infant and maternal health over the years – under-five mortality has gone from 139 per 1,000 live births to 86 and maternal mortality has fallen by more than half – there is still more that needs to be done.
For example, Pakistan has one of the highest rates of under-weight children in South Asia. Similarly, stunting, micro-nutrient deficiencies and low-birthweight babies contribute to already high level of mortality in mothers and children, and only 37% of women receive four or more antenatal visits, compared to 48% in Senegal, 84% in Indonesia, and 89% in Turkey.
“In-depth programs like these deliver the technical hands-on training healthcare providers need to improve the patient experience, increase clinical confidence and heighten productivity,” said Dr. Mazhar Qureshi, Country Manager of GE Healthcare Pakistan.
“Perhaps most importantly, these sessions enable knowledge transfer and ensure that more healthcare professionals across Pakistan have the training they need to deliver better healthcare outcomes for years to come,” Qureshi added.
These trainings to enhance prenatal care will be delivered by international and local trainers at the Shahbaz Sharif Mother & Children Complex in Sheikhupura, Punjab.
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