As agreed by World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), the International Council of Nurses (ICN), the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) and the International Pediatric Association (IPA) in 2018, Skilled health personnel, are competent maternal and newborn health (MNH) professionals educated, trained and regulated to national and international standards. They are competent to: (i) provide and promote evidence-based, human-rights based, quality, socio-culturally sensitive and dignified care to women and newborns; (ii) facilitate physiological processes during labour and delivery to ensure a clean and positive childbirth experience; and (iii) identify and manage or refer women and/or newborns with complications. Skilled Health Personnel, working within enabling environments are critical for improved quality of care and improving maternal health.
Both the manual and course content were designed with an awareness of the very real barriers to accessing care that women in resource poor countries have, as well as with the realisation that many healthcare providers trying to provide Skilled Attendance at Birth (SBA) and Emergency (or Essential) Obstetric and New-born Care (EmONC), work in difficult circumstances with limited resources. All case scenarios are based on actual everyday situations that would be encountered in a BEmONC or CEmONC facility in sub-Saharan Africa and/or Asia.
LSTM has developed numerous manuals, guidelines and protocols, such as the On the Job Training Manual (Sierra Leone), the Expanded EmONC Training Manual (Kenya) and the Skills Lab for RMNCH+: a Services Training Manual (India).