​Saving and improving the lives of seriously ill pregnant women, babies, and children in low-resource settings since 1995
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25th September 2019. Video reporting on a major success by the maternal emergency care team in the management of a recent near-maternal-death at The Martha Tubman Memorial Government Hospital in Grand Gedeh County in Liberia. Watch the video.

MCAI Books
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Since April 2020, MCAI has developed four handbooks on hospital care in low resource settings. Handbooks 1 and 2 involve the care of children with serious illnesses and injuries, including adolescent girls who are pregnant. These two handbooks form part of a curriculum for a new task sharing program to train the first ever 6 paediatric clinicians in Liberia in partnership with UNICEF, WHO and The Ministry of Health. They have been edited and authored by experienced volunteer doctors and nurses working in hospitals and emergency care centres in low resource settings and areas of armed conflict and displacement throughout the world.

Handbook 3 addresses advanced hospital care for newborn infants and handbook 4 addresses advanced hospital care for pregnant women and adolescent girls.

In addition to the PDFs available here for download, printed versions of these latest 4 handbooks are being prepared and, subject to funding, will be provided free of charge to nurses, midwives and doctors in as many low resource and emergency settings as soon as possible.

All books are available to download nowincluding the latest two handbooks on advanced hospital care for children.

  • Handbook 1: Emergency Illnesses and Major Injuries Affecting Infants and Children; Including Adolescent Girls Who Are Pregnant. May 2021

Download (PDF, 12.6 MB)​

  • Handbook 2: Serious Illnesses in Infants and Children; Including Adolescent Girls Who Are Pregnant. May 2021

Download (PDF, 12.9 MB)

  • Handbook of Hospital Care for Newborn Infants. June 2021

Download (PDF, 5.5 MB)

  • Handbook of Hospital Care for Maternal Emergencies Including Major Trauma. Updated May 2021

Download (PDF, 18.4 MB)

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31st October 2019. Video reporting on the outcome achieved by the emergency newborn baby care team in the management of a recent "near neonatal death" at The Martha Tubman Memorial Government Hospital in Grand Gedeh County in Liberia. Watch the video.

Latest progress on task-sharing in Liberia

Latest updates on the implementation of the Liberian partnership on Task-Sharing which began in 2014 between MCAI and The Ministry of Health, WHO, UNICEF, Irish Aid, UNFPA, ALSG and Edinburgh University.

Key projects in the updated task-sharing program

  1. Training 8 additional nurses to become Neonatal Clinicians 

  2. Training 9 additional nurses and midwives to become Obstetric Clinicians 

  3. Training 6 nurses to become Paediatric Clinicians in hospitals in 3 rural counties

  4. Renovating and equipping 5 hospitals and Major Health Centres to provide advanced neonatal, obstetric and paediatric care

  5. Provision of emergency drugs and medical equipment to these hospitals

  6. Monthly outreach visits by obstetric clinicians with ultrasound scanning and  monitoring equipment to ante-natal clinics far from hospitals

  7. Provision of a program where mothers undertake monitoring of their unborn babies during labour using doppler ultrasound probes

  8. Provision of neonatal resuscitation trolleys to rural clinics

  9. Provision of intravenous paracetamol to control pain during labour