Congratulations to Larry Warner, MD. Dr. Warner received the 2017 International Service Award from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recently in San Diego, CA. He received this award in recognition of his volunteer work with LDS Charities.
Service has long been a focus of Dr. Warner. He has trained pediatric and obstetric medical providers in many countries including the United States, Moldova, Brazil, Egypt, India, Uganda, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. All training was done through LDS Charities and in partnership with a number of other local NGOs, professional associations and alliances, and ministries of health in each country.
These trainings focused on the following topics:
• Newborn Resuscitation Program
• Helping Babies Breathe
• Helping Mothers Survive-Bleeding After Birth
• Essential Care of Every Baby
• Essential Care of the Small Baby
Dr. Warner said the goal of his international training is to have each country become self-sufficient in their teaching ability. “In my experience in Central Asia, Tajikistan is now completely capable of doing all of the teaching in their country with local trainers. They have two simulation centers established, utilizing the mannequins and training materials that LDS Charities has and will continue to provide. Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan are very close to that status. LDS Charities has provided neonatal resuscitation kits for every delivery room in Tajikistan. When we first visited there, very few maternity care providers had access to or the skills to use a bag and mask. Now every delivery room is equipped and the birth attendants are getting trained to manage appropriately a baby that does not breathe at birth. They are now training every provider to manage postpartum hemorrhage in an appropriate manner through simulation training. We continue to have a close relationship with key people in the ministries of health and with several NGOs whose goals align with ours. This work would not succeed without their help.”
Soon to retire, Dr. Warner hopes to become even more involved with these programs throughout the world.