BEmOC

AcronymDefinition
BEmOCBasic Emergency Obstetric Care
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A UNICEF, WHO and UNFPA joint statement further recommends that for every 500,000 people, there must be at least four facilities offering BEmOC, and at least one facility offering CEmOC services (2).
Recent data suggests that available BEmOC and CEmOC in many parts of Africa are not only of low quality; they are also inaccessible and respond poorly to the needs of pregnant women.
It is within this context that the Women's Health and Action Research Centre (WHARC), a Nigerian national non-governmental organization is actively pursuing a series of implementation research activities aimed at improving the quality of BEmOC and CEmOC in the country.
BEmOC (n=14)###2 (14.3%)###1 (7.1%)###12 (85.7%)###2 (7.1%)###6 (42.9%)
BEmOC (n=14)###14 (100%)###12 (85.7%)###10 (71.4%)###11 (78.6%)###0 (0%)###3 (21.4%)
BEmOC (n=14)###11 (78.6%)###0 (0%)###7 (50%)###14 (100%)###13 (92.9%)###6 (42.9%)###14 (100%)
A cross-sectional survey to assess the status of EmOC services in 378 health facilities in six developing countries in West Africa, Nigeria inclusive showed that only 2.3% of the designated facilities could provide BEmOC services while 23.1% of the CEmOC designated facilities were functional.
A national study to determine the availability, pattern of utilization and quality of essential obstetric care (EOC) facilities in Nigeria reported that only about a fifth of all the health care facilities met the criteria for EmOC with 4.2% for public facilities (1.2% for BEmOC and 3.9% for CEmOC) and 32.8% for private facilities (5.3% for BEmOC and 27.5% for CEmOC).
The desired standards ranged from 50% for "the percentage of PHC facilities expected to offer all the components of BEmOC to 100% for three parameters; "the proportion of PHC facilities expected to offer FANC", "the proportion of facilities expected to carry out laboratory test for packed cell volume (PCV)" and "the proportion of facilities expected to have at least 70% of essential drugs and consumables (Table 1).
In terms of actual performances, the worst performance for the rural areas was with respect to "the proportion of health facilities providing all the components of BEmOC" (with a score of 0%), whereas the best performance was with respect to "the proportion of health facilities offering laboratory testing of PCV" (with a score of 60%).
Our findings are consistent with results from the South-Western and Northern parts of Nigeria (12,18,19) and from other developing countries (25-30), where fully-functioning BEmOC are either absent or very few, but comprehensive facilities are many or are at least one to every 500,000 population (13).