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Table 1 Who is independently performing the signal functions for basic and comprehensive emergency obstetric and neonatal care in the Countdown countries?

From: Human resources for maternal, newborn and child health: from measurement and planning to performance for improved health outcomes

  PERCENT OF COUNTRIES
  Doctors Midwives Nurse-midwives Nurses Others Doctors only
Administer injection magnesium sulphate for severe preeclampsia and eclampsia 100% 77% 90% 75% 57% 3%
Administer oxytocin for prevention of postpartum haemorrhage 100% 77% 94% 76% 57% 3%
Administer injectable antibiotics for sepsis in mother 100% 77% 94% 86% 62% 3%
Perform manual removal of placenta 100% 69% 63% 31% 55% 20%
Perform manual vacuum aspiration of products of conception 100% 52% 53% 32% 57% 30%
Prescribe oxytocin for induction/augmentation of labour 97% 52% 46% 22% 44% 30%
Ventilation of depressed newborn with self-inflating bag and mask 100% 33% 29% 11% 52% 37%
Perform Caesarean section 100% 0% 7% 0% 48% 50%
  1. Source: WHO data 2010 (N = 32 Countdown countries).
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