Throughout its 44-year history, Jhpiego has dedicated its resources and expertise in women’s reproductive health to building a highly skilled and competent global health workforce. Our commitment to ensuring that women and families receive quality health services relies on sharing the latest in evidence-based practices and emerging technologies to strengthen and sustain the gains in maternal health outcomes achieved over the past 20 years.
In continuation of that commitment, Jhpiego introduced a new learning approach in health facilities in Uganda and Ghana, with tremendous results in reducing newborn deaths and stillbirths and postpartum hemorrhage in women. Branded as “low-dose, high-frequency (LDHF),” the approach turns traditional classroom training on its head by bringing skill-building directly to facilities where care is provided and establishing a culture of on-the-job learning. LDHF prioritizes practice over theory and features delivery of short lessons and interactive simulations that are reinforced over time to optimize learning.
Mentoring, peer-led practice and follow-up refreshers that support clinical decision-making are hallmarks of LDHF. The approach results in greater retention of knowledge among nurses and midwives. In Ugandan health facilities where health care providers embraced LDHF, there was an astounding 62 percent reduction in newborn deaths.