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Capacity development of medical college hospital professionals on MPDR: A way forward towards sustainability

MMC_0320 April 2015: A Technical workshop on Maternal and Perinatal Death Review (MPDR) was held with the health professionals at Mymensingh Medical College Hospital (MMCH) conference room. The meeting aimed to scale up institution based MPDR at the tertiary hospital level to support the districts in analyzing causes of maternal and neonatal deaths and improve quality of care at district level and below. The workshop was chaired by Brig. Gen. Md. Fashiur Rahman, Director MMCH with Prof. Dr Matiur Rahman Principal, Mymensingh Medical College (MMC) was the chief guest and Md. Omar Farooq, Head of Zone, UNICEF Mymensingh Zone Office was the special guest of the programme.

During inaugural session, Md. Omar Farooq mentioned about importance of assignment of causes of maternal and neonatal deaths in MPDR which support the district to prepare local action plan based on needs and priority for the improvement of overall health status. Mr. Farooq said that MPDR is ongoing intervention now working at 10 districts of Bangladesh which covers around 20 million population. He also mentioned about the effective partnership between UNICEF and CIPRB to provide technical support to government to strengthen the maternal and newborn health.

Chief guest of the programme, Brig. Gen. Md. Fashiur Rahman mentioned that his hospital will provide all sorts of support and assistance to analyze the causes of community maternal and neonatal deaths to the adjacent districts where MPDR is functioning. He also stated that Mymensingh medical college has an excellent academic environment and faculties working here in Gyane/Obs, neonatology and public health department are committed to contribute for health improvement. The director welcome and thanks to the technical team come from Dhaka to support this activity.

Prof. Dr Matiur Rahman Principal of Mymensingh medical college mentioned “MPDR should come earlier, we are still not much aware what’s really happening in rural community, the causes behind the deaths. In tertiary hospital mothers come at last minutes and it’s very difficult to save a life. If we identify medical and social causes from analyzing the verbal autopsies form, that would be beneficial to the district health and family planning managers to take necessary steps”.

The principal also gave special thanks to CIPRB and UNCIEF to organize such informative workshop.

A technical group workshop was held after the inaugural session in where professors, consultants, registrar and nurses from gynae/obs and neonatology department and professors from community medicine department were participated. Technical team from Dhaka including Prof. Dr Ferdousi Begum, Prof. of Gynae. &Obs. &Vice President OGSB, Dr Dilder Ahmed Khan, Sn. Consultant of Paediatrics, Prof. MA Halim, Prof. of Gynae. &Obs & director, Dr Sahabuddin Talukder, Deputy Team Leader and Dr Animesh Biswas, Senior Scientist of CIPRB were participated.

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