“A New Way to Combat Maternal Mortality”

PRONTO (a Spanish acronym for “Obstetric and Neonatal Training Program”) is a simulation-based training program in Emergency Obstetrics supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The basis for this training program is that healthcare workers in poor regions often do not get to practice for life-threatening emergencies. Read the following article for an example from Guatemala’s geographical “Corridor of Death”, where maternal mortality is triple the national average: http://www.impatientoptimists.org/Posts/2013/01/Combating-the-Daily-Tragedy-of-Maternal-Mortality-in-Guatemalas-quotCorridor-of-Deathquot.

Why do you think these simulations can lead to correct responses in actual life-threatening emergencies?

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