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  1. Improving the quality of obstetric care at the teaching hospital, Zaria, Nigeria.

    Article - En anglais

    Preliminary studies :

    • Research at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH),

    • Zaria,

    • Nigeria, showed delay in treating women with obstetric complications and highlighted multiple contributing factors.

    Interventions 

    In response, a surgical theater was restored to working order, the maternity ward renovated, resident physicians trained in obstetrics and an emergency drug pack system instituted.

    A system of blood donation from families of women attending antenatal clinics was introduced.

    Later, community interventions focused on improving access and reducing delay in seeking care.

    Results 

    Mean admission-to-treatment interval was reduced by 57%, from 3.7 h in 1990 to 1.6 h in 1995.

    The proportion of women treated in less than 30 min increased from 39% in mid-1993 to 87% in late 1995.

    Case fatality rate (CFR) among women with major obstetric complications fell from 14% in 1990 to 11% in 1995.

    The annual number of women with complications seen, however, declined from 326 in 1990 to 65 in 1995.

    Costs : Cost of material improvements was approximately US$135000, of which 65% was provided by government.

    An additional $8000 per year in new staff salaries was paid by the government.

    Conclusions 

    Hospital obstetric services can be improved and government can be mobilized to contribute.

    Treatment delay and obstetric CFR can be reduced.

    Deteriorating economic conditions, however, may diminish utilization of services despite improvements.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Accouchement pathologie, Complication, Obstétrique, Qualité, Soin, Prévention, Mortalité, Mère, Centre hospitalier universitaire, Homme, Femelle, Nigéria, Afrique

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Delivery disorders, Complication, Obstetrics, Quality, Care, Prevention, Mortality, Mother, Teaching hospital, Human, Female, Nigeria, Africa

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 98-0033431

    Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 17/04/1998.