Back 28 October 2014

From Champion to Master

During the past week ICM, in conjunction with the Association of Malawian Midwives conducted two Helping Mothers Survive Bleeding After Birth (HMS-BAB) workshops, as part of the 10,000 Happy Birthdays Campaign funded by Laerdal Global Health. The project is rolled out in Malawi and Zambia, and aims to train a minimum of 10,000 midwives in HMS-BAB and HBB (Helping Babies Breathe). In both countries the midwives associations have employed an in-country project coordinator, who will work closely with ICM to implement the project. You can read more about the project here

In Malawi two workshops were held to give participants of the first workshop the opportunity to be mentored from Champion to Master Trainer during the second workshop. These centrally organised workshops will create a base of master trainers in each district of the country, so that in a next step the trainings can take place in the facilities. The Master trainers can help organise, plan and implement the workshops in their respective districts, which will decrease the time participating midwives are away from their posts. 

HMS BAB workshop Malawi

In Malawi around 30 people were trained to Champion, and around 8 to Master Trainer. In Zambia, where the first workshop is in progress ICM hopes to train at least 40 to 45 people to Champion and 10-12 Master Trainers. 

In Malawi participants have come from all the 15 midwifery schools. Now participants from hospitals are being invited for the workshop such as for example from the Queen Elisabeth Central Hospital in Lilongwe.

During the workshops midwives, and others who provide midwifery care are trained in prevention and management of post-partum haemorrhage (PPH). Using the MamaNatalie simulator, participants learn how to perform to standard “Active Management of Third Stage of Labour”, manage retained or incomplete placenta and uterine atony including bi-manual compression.

Training HMS BAB

The second day of the workshop prepares participants to share their (new) skills and knowledge with their colleagues and 

students. Each participating hospital was asked to write an action plan on the roll-out of the HMS-BAB method, including a low-dose-high-frequency training schedule in order to upgrade and/or maintain their and their colleagues’ skills in prevention and management of PPH.

After the training one of the participants said that: “The training addresses the real challenge of maternal and newborn health on the ground. It is therefore crucial and has to be rolled out to every midwife in practice.”

ICM and AMAMI are looking forward to rolling out the project to every district of Malawi, with the support of the newly trained HMS-BAB Champions and Master Trainers.


Report prepared by ICM Technical Midwife Advisor Patricia Titulaer

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