eLearning

The AKDN eHealth Programme offers professional development and capacity building sessions to health care providers who live and work in remote regions. As part of eLearning, Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Nursing Education sessions are also offered. These sessions enhance clinical and managerial skills of health care providers through trainings on current topics, and also offer them a way to connect with their colleagues remotely. This helps reduce the isolation that comes with living and working in such regions. In turn, health care providers are able to provide improved quality care to patients.

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Health Care Providers Trained Through eLearning Sessions

In 2015, Faizabad Provincial Hospital (FPH) started offering eLearning sessions to health care providers at four sites – Bharak District Hospital, and the three Comprehensive Health Centres, Bashore, Ishkashim and Nusai. The French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC), Bamyan Provincial Hospital and FPH started receiving Continuing Medical Education sessions from the Aga Khan University in Pakistan.

 

FMIC continued to deliver eLearning sessions to Bamyan and Faizabad Provincial Hospitals and to Mirwais Regional Hospital on medical and nursing topics. In May, FMIC broadcast its first live open heart cardiac surgery to the Bamyan and Faizabad Provincial Hospitals.

 

eLearning sessions are designed to improve health care providers’ clinical and managerial skills and enable them to deliver improved care to patients. Chaman Ali, Nurse in-charge at Bamyan Provincial Hospital’s Department of Surgery describes how eLearning sessions have helped him professionally. 

 

“The eLearning sessions offered from the French Medical Institute for Children provide practical knowledge that we are able to apply in our daily practice. They are a great opportunity to develop our medical and nursing skills. I have been working at Bamyan Provincial Hospital since 2003. Before the eLearning programme began in 2010, accessing professional development courses was very difficult. I had to travel either to Kabul (3 hours away) or to Takhar province (6 hours away) from Bamyan to avail the sessions. Even then, not all staff could go together as some had to stay behind to attend to patients. This was expensive and very time-consuming. Now, with the eLearning courses broadcast directly to the Bamyan Provincial Hospital, I can attend the sessions right here without leaving the hospital. Now, I attend two sessions a month compared to one session a year when I had to travel to Kabul or Takhar province.

 

I am very glad that the AKDN eHealth Programme is offering these eLearning sessions. I am benefitting from access to current medical skills and knowledge without spending time away from my patients.”

In 2015:
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Health Care Providers Trained Through eLearning Sessions

In November, the Republican Children’s Clinical Hospital in Bishkek was connected to the Naryn Oblast Family Medicine Centre for eLearning sessions. The facility broadcasts short courses and seminars on Child Health and Family Medicine to residents and clinicians at the Naryn facility.

 

The Kyrgyz State Medical Academy also utilizes the eHealth connection. In December, the Academy broadcast eLearning sessions to ten participants at the Naryn Oblast Family Medicine Centre.

In 2015:
149

Health Care Providers Trained Through eLearning Sessions

Recognizing a need to build the clinical and managerial skills of health care providers at sites in northern Pakistan, the eHealth Programme initiated eLearning services in 2015. In April, Aga Khan University (AKU) started broadcasting weekly sessions to health care providers at Aga Khan Booni Medical Centre, Gilgit Medical Centre and Singal Medical Centre. As part of eLearning, Continuing Medical Education (CME) sessions were also broadcast.

 

In the third quarter of 2015, it was observed that while the number of eLearning sessions offered from the previous to current quarter remained the same, participant attendance decreased considerably. This was because participants were not receiving credit for CME hours from AKU. In November, AKU began giving credit hours to participants at the three sites for attending the CME courses, allowing them to earn credit remotely. In addition to CME courses, AKU also broadcasts Grand Rounds, which are structured online conferences, to these sites.

In 2015:
582

Health Care Providers Trained Through eLearning Sessions

Health care providers at Khorog Oblast General Hospital (KOGH) benefit from eLearning sessions broadcast from the French Medical Institute for Children in Afghanistan. KOGH in turn broadcasts sessions to the three district hospitals – Darwaz, Ishkashim and Roshan. Medical and nursing education is covered during these sessions.

 

Courses delivered from KOGH to the three district hospitals have seen an increase in uptake over time. This is because the courses are delivered in the local language and not in English, making it easy for the local health care staff to better understand the topics, and learn and retain the course content.

In 2015:
50

Health Care Providers Trained Through eLearning Sessions

Under the Joining Hands Initiative, eLearning courses were conducted between Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam (AKH, Dar) and the Primary Medical Centres (PMCs) in Dodoma and Mwanza. Sessions were also exchanged between the two PMCs. Between 2013 and March 2015 (when JHI concluded), 200 nurses and doctors had benefited from the eLearning programme.

 

eLearning services were positively received by health care providers at AKH, Dar and the two PMCs. However, these sessions were not extended to health workers at government facilities. Distance and high-speed internet connectivity were major challenges for health workers at district hospitals and health centres. In the future, measures should be put in place to enable government health workers to participate in eLearning sessions.