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News from Timor-Leste: HAI and NIH honor Timorese midwives (Tetum version available)

Aug 1, 2016

By: Sarah Meyanathan


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Strengthening clinical competencies for government midwives: National Institute of Health and Health Alliance International Awards 118 Certificates in Safe & Clean Delivery and Essential Newborn Care

Dili, July 29, 2016. The National Institute of Health and Health Alliance International awarded 118 certificates to midwives in Comoro after participation in Learning Labs, a follow-up after training aimed at reinforcing new skills in the clinical setting. Health Alliance International developed the Learning Lab approach in safe and clean delivery and newborn care with financial support from the Australian Government.

During the event, National Institute of Health Training Director, Mr. Antonio Bonito stated, “This is a new approach to follow-up after training. We don’t need a big budget for refresher trainings or need to take midwives out of health facilities. Ministry of Health and Health Alliance International facilitators go straight to health facilities. Learning Lab is a bridge between national trainings and the clinic setting so that midwives maintain their new skills.”

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Learning Labs utilize adult learning techniques where midwives use mannequins to demonstrate and practice skills such as newborn resuscitation. Learning Labs are carried out only in health facilities where midwives scored below standard competency levels.  All midwives that participated in the six-month Learning Lab achieved competency in essential skill areas in their post-assessment test.

“Through close coordination with the district maternal and child health officers and senior midwives, we are strengthening the existing system and midwives’ ability to maintain clinical expected competencies. We are pleased to see that the Learning Lab manual is used by Ministry of Health staff for follow up after training across the country,” said Ms. Teresinha Sarmento, Clinical Manager and Trainer at Health Alliance International.  Ms. Teresinha Sarmento went on to say, ‘that with the support of Learning Labs, health providers are able to provide higher quality services to pregnant women and their babies’.

About Health Alliance International

Health Alliance International is recognized globally as an organization that combines a service ethic and solidarity with the critical thinking and rigor of its academic base. For over 27 years, HAI has provided substantial support and solidarity to our government partners to strengthen primary health care. Operating in Timor-Leste since 2002, HAI provides valued support to the Ministry of Health’s maternal/newborn care and family planning programs.




Hasa’e kompetensia klinikál ba parteira governu nian: Parteira hamutuk 118 mak hetan sertifikadu husi Institutu Nasionál da Saúde no Health Alliance International ba Learning Lab Partus Mos no Seguru no Kuidadu Esensiál Bebé Foin Moris

Dili, 29 Jullu 2016. Institutu Nasionál da Saúde no Health Alliance International oferese sertifikadu ho total 118 ba parteira sira iha Comoro depois de partisipa iha Learning Lab, no tuir treinamentu depois de ida ne’e atu haforsa liu tan abilidade foun iha ambiente klinikál nian. Health Alliance International dezenvolve ona aprosimasaun Learning Lab iha partus mos no seguru no kuidadu esensiál bebé foin moris ho suporta finansiál husi Governu Australianu.

Durante eventu ne’e, Direitór Formasaun Institutu Nasionál da Saúde Sr. Antonio Bonito hatoo katak, “Ida ne’e aprosimasaun foun ba treinamentu tuir mai. Ami la presiza orsamentu boot hodi atualiza formasaun ka parteira sira mos la presiza atu la’o sai husi fasilidade saúde. Fasilitadór Ministériu da Saúde no Health Alliance International ba direitamente iha fasilidade saúde. Learning Lab hanesan ponte ida entre formasaun nasionál no ambiente klinikál atu nune’e parteira sira mantein sira nia abilidade foun.

Learning Lab uza tékniku aprendizazen adultu, ida ne’e parteira sira uza boneka hodi hatudu no prátika abilidade hanesan ressuscitação ba bebé foin moris. Learning Lab hala’o iha fasilidade saúde de’it, iha fatin ne’ebé mak parteira iha valór kiik ba nivél kompetensia standarte. Parteira sira hothotu ne’ebé mak partisipa iha Learning Lab durante fulan neen atinji abilidade kompetensia esensiál iha asesimentu ba formasaun ikus.

“Liu husi koordinasaun metin ho pesoál saúde sira iha distritu ba area saúde inan no bebé nomos parteira senior sira, ami hametin hela sistema ne’ebé iha ona no abilidade parteira nian atu nune’e bele mantein kompetensia klinikal tuir buat ne’ebé ita espera. Ami kontente tanba Ministeriu da Saúde uza matadalan Learning Lab nian ba distritu hothotu hodi fo  formasaun tuir mai depois de treinamentu”, haktuir Sra. Teresinha Sarmento, Clinical Manager no Treinadór iha Health Alliance International. Sra. Teresinha Sarmento mos haforsa tan katak, “ho suporta Learning Lab nian, pesoál saúde sira bele fo servisu ho kualidade aas ba inan isin rua no sira nia bebé”.


Contact Information

Che Katz

Country Director, Timor-Leste

Phone mobile: +670 7826 6247


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