The importance of continuing education
As the SMS Project progresses, it gives special focus on mainstreaming gender equality and empowerment. The project also touches on areas of support to improve maternal health. For example, as part of the emergency obstetric and newborn care (EmONC) service, doctors are engaging associate clinicians in task shifting for maternal health. This is done by training health workers referred to as Clinical Officers on emergency surgeries and caesarean section deliveries. “We realized that if you take people to do apprenticeships and give them practical training on tasks that focus on addressing maternal mortality, it can make a big difference,” says Dr. Frederik Khamis, Dean of the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Juba.