Preventing Prolonged Labor by Using Partograph

Labor Monitoring Tool

The World Health Organization (WHO), Kitasato University School of Nursing, AIM Dr. Stephen Zuellig Center and AIM-CDM’s Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) invites you to the 2nd blended learning course on Partograph.

Obstructed labor is one of the five major causes of maternal death in many countries. Many of those who survive prolonged and obstructed labor suffer long term disabilities such as obstetric fistulae, and often become outcasts from society. Prolonged obstructed labor may lead to death and disability for the infant.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the use of the partograph. The partograph is a simple reliable tool for graphically recording the progress of labor and monitoring the health of the mother and the fetus. The partograph serves as an “early warning system” and assists in early decision making on interventions in labor.

The WHO CD-Rom Partograph e-Learning Tool Kit

Jointly developed by the World Health Organization’s Department of Making Pregnancy Safer and John Snow Inc., this tool may be used for self-learning or as an aid in classroom learning in pre-service and in-service midwifery and medical training.

The tool includes

• Step by step instructions on how to fill in a partograph

• Exercises to practice plotting progress of labor on the partograph

• Case studies on the use of the partograph for making clinical decisions during labor.

• A Help section for more information on how to use the different components.

  This course consists of 2 sessions:

Session 1 (June 13, 2011): Partograph introductory one hour video showing session (face to face session) at the AIM-Ground Floor, Global Distance Learning Center on June 13, 2011, from 4:00pm to 5:30pm

3 days self-study with CDROM:  “WHO Partograph e-Learning Tool” will be given to the participants during the introductory video showing session on June 13, 2011 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm.

Session 2 (June 16, 2011): participants are expected to join the workshop via videoconference (Videoconference session with Q&A) at the AIM Global Distance Learning Center on June 16 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, session will connect all the participants in Tokyo, Ghana, Tanzania, Jordan, Tanzania, Madagascar, India, Sri Lanka, Dempasar, Mongolia, Manila and WHO in Geneva via videoconference.

This course if free but CDs are limited.

Participants will get a certificate of participation at the end of the course.

For those who are interested to join the learning course on partograph, please email

venusjacobe@yahoo.comGCandelaria@AIM.EDU) us your name, organization, contact number, and e-mail




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