Human resources for health in the low-resource world: collaborative practice and task shifting in maternal and neonatal care

FIGO Safe Motherhood, Newborn Health Committee, William Stones

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This article was prepared by the FIGO Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health Committee: Dr André Lalonde (Committee chair), Dr Pius Okong (Committee co‐chair), Dr Shereen Bhutta, Ms Agneta Bridges, Prof. Bruno Carbonne, Dr Hector Romeo Menendez, and Prof. William Stones, with contributions from FIGO staff, Prof. Hamid Rushwan (Chief Executive) and Ms Amanda C Lee (SMNH project coordinator). It was approved by the FIGO Executive Board in October, 2008.

An important barrier to the attainment of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 in many countries is the lack of trained and skilled clinical staff who can provide timely and high‐quality care to mothers with pregnancy complications. Typically, government district hospitals are staffed by medical officers who lack specialist training and those few specialists who are deployed in the government system are overloaded with clinical or administrative responsibilities. Even when occupying senior administrative positions such as Medical Superintendent, specialists are typically not empowered to address issues of health system functionality, such as the availability of essential drugs and supplies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-76
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Issue number1
Early online date19 Jan 2009
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2009


  • Africa South of the Sahara
  • cesarean section
  • cooperative behavior
  • developing countries
  • female
  • health personnel
  • health services accessibility
  • humans
  • infant welfare
  • infant
  • newborn
  • maternal health services
  • maternal welfare
  • pregnancy
  • pregnancy complications
  • quality assurance
  • health care

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