Publish Date: September 2019
To improve the skills and supervision of maternal and neonatal health providers in Lao, MCSP collaborated with the country’s Ministry of Health and consulted with multiple partners, including WHO and UNFPA, to design a mentoring approach to complement the national essential early newborn care policy. The approach uses interactive learning and coaching, and fully integrates maternal and newborn care, including respectful maternity care and infection control.
Mentorship fulfills an important gap in skills building and provides a model of continuing professional development and supportive supervision, which is currently lacking throughout Lao. The new approach includes the training of district-level providers to mentor their peers and colleagues as part of their daily work in district facilities. The aim is to build capacity in the facility that can contribute to the sustainability of knowledge, skills and competence of maternal and newborn care providers, and ensure that evidence-based, high-impact practices become the norm in supported facilities in the long term.