Women’s Health: Access to Cesarean Sections in Ethiopia

Book Chapter
(Published May, 2015)
Ashengo, T.A. (Author),
Anderson, J. (Author),
Kushner, A. (Editor)
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This Chapter 3 of the Johns Hopkins University Press book, Operation Health: Surgical Care in the Developing World, describes a health manpower strengthening intervention in Ethiopia to provide comprehensive and life-saving emergency obstetrical care [EmOC].  To provide better access to Cesarean Sections in Ethiopia, health systems there must have the necessary infrastructure (electricity, sterilization techniques, appropriate instruments, anesthesia, antibiotics and safe blood, a clean operating theatre), equipment, supplies and competent personnel.  Ethiopia has had very few well-trained Ob-Gyns and the cost of cesarean sections in both government and private facilities is prohibitive to many in need.  Comprehensive EmOC audits, training of competent providers, emergency response teams and monitoring are part of a Jhpiego intervention described in this essay.

Owens LA, Tigistu Adamu; Anderson, Jean. "Women's health : access to cesarean sections in Ethiopia" Chapter 3 in Kushner 2015 Operation health : surgical care in the developing world. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press; 2015.