Using Manikins to Improve Quality of Maternal and Child Health Care in Cambodia

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In Cambodia, the USAID Quality Health Services (QHS) Project, URC, utilizes manikins in simulation trainings for doctors, nurses, midwives, and health department staff. This allows health care providers to practice skills in a controlled environment and provides hands-on experience to providers, increases confidence , improves knowledge and skills, and strengthens interdisciplinary collaboration. Although the high fidelity, life-like simulation manikins used in high resource settings are not feasible for use in this context, the project has found that inexpensive manikins, paired with well-planned training materials, can be utilized to increase healthcare workers’ skill competencies, ultimately improving patient outcomes.

Doctors, nurses, midwives and other healthcare practitioners benefit from patient simulations, even with low-tech manikins
Patient simulations use low-tech manikins like the one pictured here to train doctors, nurses, midwives and other practitioners
Publication Date 
October 2015
Resource Type 
Success Stories
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