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Postgraduate education on the prevention and treatment
of postpartum haemorrhage in Burkina Faso

Bruno Ki - GFMER Coordinator for Burkina Faso

by Lynn Gertiser

Burkina Faso is a poor country where the population is mostly rural. It is one of the countries where maternal mortality is the highest in the world. One of the most common causes of maternal deaths is haemorrhage. Therefore, for several years, Burkina Faso has implemented strategies including training of health professionnel, to reduce maternal mortality. It is in this context that postgraduate education on the prevention and management of PPH was organized on April 10, 2014 by the NGO Marie Stopes International Burkina, intended for midwives of Schriphra medical center for Ouagadougou.

This session of postgraduate education on PPH has been provided by the GFMER Country Coordinator for Burkina Faso and saw the participation of thirty midwives of Schriphra medical center. The objective of this course was to let them know about the new WHO recommendations on the management of PPH, especially its management with misoprostol. Indeed, Burkina Faso is a country with limited resources where the conditions of conservation of classic uterotonic such as oxytocin are not always met in the health facilities. Misoprostol, which is now part of the WHO Model List of uterotonics, therefore appears a better alternative in countries with limited resources for proper management of PPH. The presentation focused on the generalities of PPH, clinical aspects and the different components of care (prevention through AMTSL, the various maneuvers, surgical management and how to use uterotonics...).

This postgraduate education on PPH, the first of its type conducted by the GFMER Country Coordinator, was rich in information and captivated the attention of participants. However, they expressed the hope that such initiatives be perpetrated and even extended to other facilities so that they are informed about medical advances.

Postgraduate education on the prevention and treatment of postpartum haemorrhage in Burkina Faso - Bruno Ki
Participants in the postgraduate education on PPH

Postgraduate education on the prevention and treatment of postpartum haemorrhage in Burkina Faso - Bruno Ki
Dr. Bruno Ki during his presentation on the management of PPH (10/04/2014)