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Position: Lead Facilitator (Consultant) Trainings on Essential Newborn Care Course in Gombe, Kaduna and Lagos States – Consutancy
Situation of the Newborns in Nigeria:
The first 28 days of life referred to as the neonatal period is a critical period for the survival of the child. In Nigeria, approximately a third of the estimated seven hundred children who die before the age of five years do so in this neonatal period. Hitherto, care of the newborn/neonate is an aspect of child survival that has received limited attention. The situation is tragic especially as most of these babies die due to mainly preventable treatable causes such as birth asphyxia, infections and prematurity. The present situation informs that if we do not re strategize to arrest the trend and substantially reduce newborn mortality, Nigeria will not attain the SDG. Most of these young lives can be saved with existing cost effective and efficient interventions, possible even in hard to reach areas through the existing health system. However, coverage is extremely low, even much lower than in most other African countries.
In order to support Nigeria in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to maternal, new-born and child health in Northern Nigeria, a 3 year improving Health worker capacity programme is being implemented with support from GSK in 3 States in Nigeria. (Gombe Kaduna and Lagos).
GSK’s support will enable Save the Children to improve access to life saving healthcare, by directly building the capacity of 5,000 frontline health workers. We will focus on improving skills in areas with the highest potential to positively impact maternal and child health outcomes, and which have been identified as gaps through observation at service delivery level and in consultation with Ministry of Health partners. In addition, by supporting activities to influence policy change, GSK’s support will contribute towards an overall goal of improving the quality of health services and reducing maternal, newborn and child mortality in Lagos, Gombe and Kaduna states in Nigeria.
Essential Newborn Care:
An unacceptable number of babies around the world die in the first week of life with the highest number dying within the first 24 hours of birth. Many of these deaths occur to babies born too early and too small, or with infections, or to babies asphyxiated around the time of delivery. Studies have shown that many newborn lives can be saved by the use of simple low technological interventions. Interventions such as: supporting breastfeeding; providing adequate warmth; ensuring good hygiene and cord care; recognizing early signs of danger and providing prompt treatment and referral; giving extra care to small babies and having skilled health workers attend mothers and babies at delivery and in the immediate post-partum period – can all increase newborn babies’ chances of survival.
The Essential Newborn Care Course aims to ensure health workers have the skills and knowledge to provide appropriate care at the most vulnerable period in a baby’s life. Health workers are taught to use the National Blended Essential Newborn Care Course to achieve this
Purpose of Assignment
To improve care for new-born babies it is essential to improve quality of care available currently at the primary and secondary levels of care through training of medical doctors, midwives and community health extension workers on the Essential newborn care course. Three National consultants in -country will be engaged to direct the training (one per state) and ensure quality. S/He will be supported by four to six facilitators to ensure participants have adequate skills exposure.
The lead Facilitator working with other facilitators (including a Clinical Instructor) would direct
- A Four (4) day training for Nurses, Midwives and doctors across select front line health facilities on the Full ENCC curriculum – HBB, ECEB, ECSB, Clinical sessions and Video
- A three (3) day training for CHEWs on the Modified ENCC – HBB, ECEB and ECSB
- The training would involve both lectures and skills training using adult learning methodologies
The following activities will be undertaken:
- Lead a Planning meeting with other facilitators and guidance for site preparation
- Conduct the Training
- Discuss recommendations for post training and support with MNCH Advisor.
- Debriefing in the states with the State RH Coordinator
- Writing the report
Training Report – draft and final within ten days of completion of each training
Position: Engagement of Consultants Conduct of on-the-Job Training of frontline Health Workers for 3 States (Gombe, Kaduna and Lagos) on common childhood illnesses
Nigeria accounts for nearly one-quarter of Africa’s maternal and newborn deaths. Despite investments made in maternal and child health services, Nigeria has the ninth worst child mortality rate in the world. One out of every eight children born in Nigeria will not reach their fifth birthday, often as a result of common and easily preventable diseases such as malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea. While child mortality rates have significantly reduced in Nigeria, reductions in newborn mortality have been far less significant. Poor health outcomes for newborn babies and children under five are due largely to weaknesses in the supply and quality of health services delivered, as a result of limited human resources, a lack of lifesaving commodities and equipment, and inadequate infrastructure.
Save the Children has been working in Nigeria since 2001 and is a strong, recognised and respected voice for children’s rights. We work closely with the Nigerian national and local governments in order to develop sustainable, replicable and scalable projects that bring lasting change to children’s lives and help them to reach their potential. We are currently implementing some of the most innovative and large-scale health programmes in the country and will maximise synergies with these in order to leverage the impact of GSK-supported programmes as far as possible.
GSK’s support will enable Save the Children to improve access to lifesaving healthcare, by directly building the capacity of 5,000 frontline health workers. We will focus on improving skills in areas with the highest potential to positively impact maternal and child health outcomes, and which have been identified as gaps through observation at service delivery level and in consultation with Ministry of Health partners. In addition, by supporting activities to influence policy change, GSK’s support will contribute towards an overall goal of improving the quality of health services and reducing maternal, newborn and child mortality in Lagos, Gombe and Kaduna states in Nigeria.
- To strengthen the knowledge and skills of trainees on identification of signs and symptoms of common childhood illnesses at the facility level.
- To improve the capacity of trainees to assess, classify and manage common childhood illnesses and malnutrition.
- To equip trainees with the skill to identify danger signs and refer
Two (2) consultants will
- Train two hundred and forty (240) health workers in selected Primary Health Care facilities in each of the 3 states, thereafter to observe and provide guidance and direction on the management of common childhood illnesses.
- Observe HWs during Routine child welfare clinics using IMCI checklist to assess skills gaps in the management of sick children that present within the facilities.
- Use IMCI Chart booklets to train the HWs reflecting National Guidelines in the management of childhood illnesses.
On-the-Job training will begin from 1st February to 30th April 2016.
Monthly summaries of Training activities and report. First report due by 5th March 2015; Second report due by 5th April 2015 and third report due by 5th May 2015.
Type of Consultants
Resource persons should possess any of the following
- A pediatrician with at least 5 years post qualification
- Health professional (doctor, nurse/midwife) with IMCI Training
- Past experience with delivery of trainings for INGOs.
- Participants should be resident in the state of assignment
- Familiarity with the SMOH or PHCDA an advantage
- Trainees acquire knowledge and skills to identify the signs and symptom of common childhood illnesses and manage them appropriately at Facility level.
- Trainees equipped with the skills to identify complications and danger signs as well as demonstrate pre-referral management of the child where necessary
- A final comprehensive report on the training. Report should include training list of participants, checklist; photos of training sessions (at least 6 photos for each training), challenges/lessons learned during the training and recommendations.
How to Apply
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