4294.0 The Roles of Trained Traditional Birth Attendants in Low-Resource Settings

Tuesday, November 9, 2010: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
A panel will review and discuss the many issues and potentials surrounding the use of Trained Traditional Birth Attendants (TTBAs)in underserved, low resource settings. This will be explored in six country examples, Liberia, Haiti, Guatemala, Honduras, Bolivia and the Philippines. The panel will be introduced with an overview of the current literature and questions/concerns of global health professionals as well as the implications of TTBAs in improving health care access and equity. Time will be given for the participants to join in the discussion and make recommendations about this important health resource topic.
Session Objectives: Identify the potential roles that TTBAs may play to improve maternal and neonatal survival and health based on 6 country examples. Discuss the current knowledge base, and the public policy and practice environment regarding the use of TTBAs in low resource settings. In the context of global impact data an the information shared by other panel presenters, assess the potential of TTBAs to respond to unmet demand for basic MNH services in many parts of the world.
Judy Lewis, MPhil and Lindsay Edouard, Dr

Traditional Birth Attendant Training and Improving Maternal Newborn Care in Rural Haiti
Bette Gebrian, MPH PhD, Judy Lewis, MPhil and Betty Joseph-Pierre

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Organized by: Maternal and Child Health
Endorsed by: Community Health Workers, APHA-Committee on Women's Rights, Socialist Caucus

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)