Task Shifting: The Key to Increasing Access to Essential Maternal Health Services

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By: Amy Dempsey, Knowledge Transition Manager, Ending Eclampsia Project, Population Council; Saumya Ramarao, Senior Associate, Population Council

USAID reports that there are 18 million fewer health professionals in the world than what is needed, and the largest shortages are in parts of Asia and in sub-Saharan Africa. This implies that large numbers of women do not have access to skilled health care. Task shifting can be a key strategy to minimize this gap and prevent maternal deaths due to pre-eclampsia/eclampsia…read more