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Safe Pregnancy and Birth Mobile App - Hesperian Health Guides.

Safe Pregnancy and Birth Mobile AppExplore the app - Hesperian’s comprehensive app on pregnancy and birth contains a wealth of information on:

• how to stay healthy during pregnancy
• how to recognize danger signs during pregnancy, birth, and after birth
• what to do when a danger sign arises
• when to refer a woman to emergency care
• instructions for community health workers with step-by-step explanations such as "How to take blood pressure", "How to treat someone in shock", "How to stop bleeding".

For iPhone and iPod Touch: Download the app for free from the iTunes store.

For Android: Download the beta release of the Android version for free from the Google Play app store.

As this is a beta release, we are aware that it still needs a little work in places. We welcome feedback and code contributions to help improve the experience. Please reach out to us at mobile@hesperian.org, and you can find the source code here.

Don’t have an iPhone or Android? If you don’t have an iPhone or iPod Touch, you can preview the app here. (Please keep in mind that the app was built to be viewed on a mobile device, so please forgive us if the quality is not perfect.)




CHW Central, an online resource for information and dialogue about Community Health Workers (CHW). CHWs play an important role in increasing access to health services in poor and underserved communities around the world. CHW Central supports community health workers and strengthens CHW programs around the world by connecting experts, practitioners, and supporters in interactive discussion forums and sharing the latest developments in CHW research, practice, and policy.

Search the CHW Central resource database for training materials, tools, journal articles, and more.

Other websites and organizations that provide additional information on CHW programming, policy, and practices.

Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health - Tools for Assessment and Improvement



Bettercare learning programmes

Adult HIV, Birth Defects, Child Healthcare, Childhood HIV, Childhood TB, Intrapartum Care, Maternal Care, Mother and Baby Friendly Care, Newborn Care, Newborn Care, Perinatal HIV, Primary Maternal Care, Primary Newborn Care, Saving Mothers and BabiesWe provide the learning programme, you run the course. A learning programme is the curriculum and study material you need to run a course, all in one book. Whether you lead a study group or manage formal training, our learning programmes make your job simpler and easier.

Bettercare learning programmes have helped thousands of nurses, midwives, doctors and students increase their knowledge, boost their confidence, and improve patient care. You can implement Bettercare learning programmes in your institution right now.
Contact to purchase copies.

Everyone can study online for free and do quizes to test themselves before their exams on the online learning station.  

 

Adult HIV

Adult HIVThis book has been developed by the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation.

Adult HIV was developed by doctors and nurses with wide experience in the care of adults with HIV, under the auspices of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation at the University of Cape Town.

The aim of the book is to enable healthcare workers at primary-care clinics to manage all aspects of HIV-related patient care.

Adult HIV covers:

  • an introduction to HIV infection
  • management of HIV-infected adults at primary-care clinics
  • preparing patients for antiretroviral treatment
  • antiretroviral drugs
  • starting and maintaining patients on antiretroviral treatment
  • an approach to opportunistic infections.

 


 

Birth Defects

Birth Defects

Birth Defects was written for healthcare workers who look after individuals with birth defects, their families, and women who are at increased risk of giving birth to an infant with a birth defect. Special attention is given to modes of inheritance, medical genetic counselling, and birth defects due to chromosomal abnormalities, single gene defects, teratogens and multifactorial inheritance. This book is being used in the Genetics Education Programme which has been developed to train healthcare workers in genetic counselling in South Africa.

 


 

Child Healthcare

Child Healthcare

Child Healthcare addresses all the common and important clinical problems in children, including immunisation, history and examination, growth and nutrition, acute and chronic infections, parasites, skin conditions, and difficulties in the home and society.

Child Healthcare was developed for use in primary care settings.

 


 

Childhood HIV

Childhood HIV

Childhood HIV enables nurses and doctors to care for children with HIV infection. It covers an introduction to HIV in children, the clinical and immunological diagnosis of HIV infection, management of children with and without antiretroviral treatment, antiretroviral drugs, opportunistic infections and end-of-life care.

  • Keep up-to-date with the latest guidelines in HIV patient care for children
  • Complete the course with an online multiple-choice exam when you are ready
  • Practise what you learn, while you learn, without having to leave your workplace

 


 

Childhood TB

Childhood TB

Childhood TB was written to enable healthcare workers to learn about the primary care of children with tuberculosis. The book covers an introduction to TB infection, and the clinical presentation, diagnosis, management and prevention of tuberculosis in children and HIV/TB co-infection. Childhood TB was developed by paediatricians with wide experience in the care of children with tuberculosis, under the auspices of the Desmond Tutu Tuberculosis Centre at the University of Stellenbosch.

 


 

Intrapartum Care

Intrapartum Care

Intrapartum Care was developed for doctors and advanced midwives who care for women who deliver in district hospitals. It contains theory chapters and skills workshops adapted from the labour chapters of Maternal Care. Particular attention is given to the care of the mother, the management of labour and monitoring the wellbeing of the fetus.

Intrapartum Care was written to support and complement the national protocol of intrapartum care in South Africa.

 


 

Maternal Care

Maternal Care

Maternal Care addresses all the common and important problems that occur during pregnancy, labour, delivery and the puerperium. It covers the antenatal and postnatal care of healthy women with normal pregnancies, monitoring and managing the progress of labour, specific medical problems during pregnancy, labour and the puerperium, family planning and regionalised perinatal care. Skills workshops teach clinical examination in pregnancy and labour, routine screening tests, use of an antenatal card and partogram, measuring blood pressure, detecting proteinuria and performing and repairing an episiotomy.

Maternal Care is aimed at healthcare workers in level 1 hospitals or clinics.

 


 

Mother and Baby Friendly Care

Mother and Baby Friendly Care

Mother and Baby Friendly Care describes gentler, kinder, evidence-based ways of caring for women during pregnancy, labour and delivery. It also presents improved methods of providing infant care with an emphasis on kangaroo mother care and exclusive breastfeeding.

 


 

Newborn Care

Newborn Care

Newborn Care was written for healthcare workers providing special care for newborn infants in regional hospitals. It covers:

  • resuscitation at birth
  • assessing infant size and gestational age
  • routine care and feeding of both normal and high-risk infants
  • the prevention, diagnosis and management of hypothermia, hypoglycaemia, jaundice, respiratory distress, infection, trauma, bleeding and congenital abnormalities
  • communication with parents.

Skills workshops address resuscitation, size measurement, history, examination and clinical notes, nasogastric feeds, intravenous infusions, use of incubators, measuring blood glucose concentration, insertion of an umbilical vein catheter, phototherapy, apnoea monitors and oxygen therapy.

 


 

Perinatal HIV

Perinatal HIV

The HIV epidemic is spreading at an alarming pace through many developing countries, increasing the maternal and infant mortality rates, and adding to the financial burden of providing health services to all communities. Nowhere is the devastating effect of this infection more obvious than in the transmission of HIV from mothers to their infants. In order to decrease this risk, all healthcare workers dealing with HIV-positive mothers and infants will need to receive additional training. Perinatal HIV was written to address this challenge.

This book enables midwives, nurses and doctors to care for pregnant women and their infants in communities where HIV infection is present. Special emphasis has been placed on the prevention of mother-to-infant transmission of HIV.

Chapters have been written on HIV infection, antenatal, intrapartum and infant care, and counselling. Colleagues from a number of hospitals and universities in South Africa were invited to review and comment on the draft document in order to achieve a well-balanced text. It is hoped that this training opportunity will help to stem the tide of HIV infection in our children.

 


 

Primary Maternal Care

Primary Maternal Care

Primary Maternal Care addresses the needs of healthcare workers who provide both antenatal and postnatal care but do not conduct deliveries. The content of these chapters is largely taken from the relevant chapters in Maternal Care. It contains theory chapters and skills workshops. This book is ideal for staff providing primary maternal care in level 1 district hospitals and clinics.

 


 

Primary Newborn Care

Primary Newborn Care

Primary Newborn Care addresses the care of infants at birth, care of normal infants, care of low-birth-weight infants, neonatal emergencies, and important problems in newborn infants.

This book was written specifically for nurses and doctors who provide primary care for newborn infants in level 1 clinics and hospitals.

 


 

Saving Mothers and Babies

Saving Mothers and Babies

Saving Mothers and Babies was developed in response to the high maternal and perinatal mortality rates found in most developing countries. Learning material used in the book is based on the results of the annual confidential enquiries into maternal deaths and the Saving Mothers and Saving Babies reports published in South Africa. This book should be used together with the Perinatal Problem Identification Programme (PPIP).

The five units cover the concept of mortality audit, the causes of maternal and perinatal mortality, the management of mortality meetings, and the use of the Perinatal Problem Identification Programme (PPIP). It addresses maternal, stillbirth and early neonatal mortality rates in cities, towns and rural areas, the causes and avoidable factors, and ways of preventing many of these deaths.

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