UNICEF Cuba accompanies the Updating Workshop for obstetric care guidelines

The Updating Workshop for obstetric care guidelines gathers specialists from all over the country from March 22 to 24.

22 March 2022
En el Taller de actualización de las guías de atención obstétrica participan representantes de todas las provincias cubanas.
Miguel Ernesto Gomez

Havana, March 22, 2022.- For three days, the Updating Workshop for obstetric care guidelines gathers specialists, heads of the Maternal and Child Care Program from all over the country, who deal with various topics, including preconception reproductive risk, obstetric care at maternity Homes and in perinatal care wards. The meeting will allow participants to receive an update on key topics in obstetric care, which could result in an improvement of infant and maternal mortality indicators.

At the event’s opening, Dr. Noemí Causa Palma, National Head of the Maternal and Child Department of the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP), was grateful for the accompaniment offered to this event by the United Nations Children’s Fund

Dr. Odalys Rodríguez, Official of the “Every Child Survives and Thrives” Program at the UNICEF Cuba office, recognized the workshop’s importance, especially after two years without in-person meetings, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She recalled that UNICEF maintains a cooperation program with the Government of Cuba for the 2020-2024 period, which provides for permanent support to maternal and child care.

Dr. Rodríguez emphasized that UNICEF’s work in Cuba is in line with the priorities of the country, of MINSAP, and with the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. In the final moments of her speech, she acknowledged the will and commitment of healthcare professionals in their daily work to eliminate all avoidable maternal and neonatal deaths.

On the first day of the Workshop, Dr. María Elena Soto, head of the Primary Healthcare department at MINSAP, delivered a lecture on preconception reproductive risk. In her exposition, she stated that the combination of Primary Healthcare with the maternal and child program is indispensable in order to achieve the best results. Dr. Soto advocated for the promotion of healthy behaviors, as well as for identifying, controlling or eliminating health risk factors.

Among the risks, she pointed out those whose origins are biological (maternal age, parity, birth interval, obstetric history, nutritional state), social (alcoholism, drug addictions, low socioeconomic level, overcrowding, low educational level), environmental (water supply, deficient hygiene) and psychological (personality disorder, little cooperation).

Among the actions to be developed she highlighted medical classification (stratification in groups, patient follow-up, actions to modify or eliminate risks), the planning of consultations, multidisciplinary care, individualized chronograms, assessment (of the woman, the couple, the family) and differentiated monitoring.

At another time in the session, Dr. Blanca Terry, Head of the Center for Nutrition and Food Hygiene (CNHA), which belongs to the National Institute of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Microbiology (INHEM), presented the main results of an assessment study of the country’s maternity homes.

The Updating Workshop for obstetric care guidelines will be in session until the 24th and will benefit from the participation of other specialists who will share updates on topics such as preeclampsia and eclampsia, and infections associated with obstetric care.

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