Decision-making pathways to address workforce bottlenecks for MDG5

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The Department of Maternal Newborn Child and Adolescent Health of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) developed "Decision making pathways to address workforce bottlenecks for MDG5" to enable decision-makers to assess problems associated with low SBA coverage. The tool was informed by findings of a literature review of experiences in implementing interventions to improve SBA coverage and outcomes for maternal health and a review of national plans and strategies. A team of experts developed the tool and pilot tested it among potential users for accuracy. It was made available online in September 2011.

Acknowledgements

Decision-making pathways were developed by a working group under the leadership of Maternal Newborn Child and Adolescent Health (formerly Making Pregnancy Safer) and Human Resources for Health Departments of WHO.

Special thanks to Mary Chiarella Professor of nursing at the University of Sydney, Eva Robertson Lecturer of midwifery at Borås Univeristy Sweden and Joan Skinner Senior Lecturer in Midwifery in Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand who volunteered their services to WHO and initiated the development of the charts.

Project leaders: Blerta Maliqi (World Health Organization, Maternal Newborn Child and Adolescent Health Department), Jean Yan (World Health Organization, Department of Human Resources for Health)

WHO working group: Annie Portela, Carmen Dolea, Maurice Bucagu, Norbert Dreescht, Razia Pendse

PMNCH team: Kadi Toure, Stephen Nurse-Findlay, Elizabeth Rhodes

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