Knowledge and perceptions of quality of obstetric and newborn care of local health providers: a cross-sectional study in three districts in Malawi

by O Bayley, T Colbourn, B Nambiar et al.
Malawi Medical Journal; 25(4):105-108; December 2013

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The authors assessed Malawian healthcare providers’ knowledge of management of routine labour, emergency obstetric care and emergency newborn care; correlated knowledge with reported confidence and previous study or training; and measured perception of the care they provided. They documented serious deficiencies in providers’ knowledge regarding monitoring during routine labour and management of emergency newborn care. These may contribute to maternal and neonatal deaths in Malawi. The knowledge gap cannot be overcome by simply providing more training.

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