Improving Maternal Safety in Conflict Areas: Focus On Iraq
*Recommended Audience: Experienced Professionals
The presenter has participated in fourteen medical education outreach conferences and activities in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan since 2004. This long-term work resulted in the successful implementation of an Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) franchise based in Baghdad. ALSO is an evidence based Continuing Medical Education program with franchises in over 50 countries. The session will discuss maternal and neonatal mortality in conflict areas. Methods used to develop trust with local healthcare providers and leaders will be described. The evidence-based methods used to teach ALSO methodologies will be explained and demonstrated. This discussion’s PowerPoint presentation will include photographic examples of a refugee camp for Syrian and internally displaced Iraqi refugees and examples of healthcare capabilities in Erbil, Basra, Baghdad and rural Iraqi Kurdistan.
Speaker: Martin Olsen, MD, East Tennessee State University