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Quality of care for pregnant women and newborns — the WHO vision (8)

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The recent WHO recommendations on optimizing health worker roles for maternal and newborn health (OptimizeMNH: include a number of recommendations for lay or community health workers (which was defined to encompass trained TBAs), including misoprostol administration to prevent PPH, continuous support for women during labour and a range of health promotion activities (see ). The administration of oxytocin to prevent and treat post-partum haemorrhage was recommended in the context of rigorous research in this guidance. 

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
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Simon Lewin
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HIFA profile: Simon Lewin is a health systems researcher at the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services ( and the Medical Research Council of South Africa ( His work is mainly in the field of implementation research, including systematic reviews of health systems interventions; the development and evaluation of strategies for changing professional and user behaviours and the organization of care; and the use of lay or community health workers to deliver care. He is an editor for the Cochrane Consumers and Communication Review Group and the Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care Review Group. He is also a member of the HIFA Working Group on Community Health Workers   Email: simon.lewin AT

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