Our Principal Investigator, Dr. Dismas Matovelo, had the opportunity to present at the 10th Annual Network of African Parliamentarians Committees of Health Meeting in Uganda from October 30-31st, 2018. Organized by the Partners in Population and Development – Africa Regional Office (PPD-ARO), the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the meeting focused on the theme, “Building capacity of African policy makers for improved reproductive health and family planning outcomes in the region: Challenges and Opportunities”. In attendance were Members of Parliament from 15 African Countries, as well as representatives from various health and development organizations.
Dr. Matovelo shared positive findings from a study conducted at primary health care (PHC) facilities in Tanzania’s Misungwi and Kwimba districts that looked at the impact of hands-on simulation workshops on labour and delivery skill and knowledge retention of health care workers. He emphasized that although there are several reproductive maternal child and newborn health programmes in place, it is important to integrate PHC services and to ensure that health workers have all the necessary skills to provide quality RMNCH care. He suggested frequent update meetings, site visits and knowledge translation sessions as cost-effective ways to better understand and tackle health care challenges.
Congratulations, Dr. Matovelo, for this amazing opportunity!