Traditional birth attendants and maternal mortality in Ghana.
Maternal mortality is high in most African countries, particularly in rural areas where access to formal health care is limited.
The sociopolitical and economic environment complicates the medical factors directly responsible for this high rate.
Since the 1970s many African countries have addressed this problem by training traditional birth attendants (TBAs) in health promotion and in the basics of safe delivery and referral.
The Danfa Rural Health Project in Ghana has trained and supervised TBAs since 1973.
It is located relatively close to the health services of the capital city of Accra, providing an ideal environment for the practice of trained TBAs.
Thirty-seven trained TBAs currently practice in the area.
Most provide patient education and encourage women to go to the health center for preventive services.
Mots-clés Pascal : Accouchement, Education sanitaire, Mortalité, Milieu rural, Sage femme, Médecine traditionnelle, Prévention, Rôle professionnel, Mère, Programme sanitaire, Agent santé, Apprentissage, Ghana, Afrique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Delivery, Health education, Mortality, Rural environment, Midwife, Folk medicine, Prevention, Occupational role, Mother, Sanitary program, Health worker, Learning, Ghana, Africa
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Cote : 93-0503313
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 199406.