The mhealth solution for the African nurse

Location/Region

Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania

Donor

Rutgers

Project Duration

May 2018 – April 2020

Collaborating Partners

Elsevier and Dioraphte Foundations

Background

The 2013 World Health Organisation (WHO) report on human resources for health (HRH) declares “a universal truth” that there is “no health without a workforce”. This sentiment has been echoed in the 2016 Global strategy on human resources for health: Workforce 2030 report which recognizes that the health system cannot function without a workforce. This lack of training and continuous professional development is one of the key professional barriers for health workers. The lack of opportunity for training is often Occasioned by the lack of training infrastructure in the remote locations within which they work. The GSMA intelligence report states that there were 420 million unique mobile subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa by end of 2016, equivalent to a penetration rate of 43%.

Leveraging technology can help to bridge the disadvantages and drastically improve skills and scale up its health workforce. This therefore presents the opportunity to take advantage of the widespread adoption of mobile technology among even remote communities to strengthen knowledge management to improve health through a stronger and more skilled health workforce in the region. Amref seeks to leverage ICT to expand quality training and knowledge management to the health workforce including through partnerships with training institutions, individuals, corporates, CBOs, Universities, NGOs, and so forth.

Specific Objectives

A state-of-the art mLearning solution that is relevant and responsive to knowledge management needs of health workers.A library of pedagogically sound, accredited content available to health workers. An operationalized continuing professional development (CPD) framework for e&mLearning for nurses. Business models for continuity and sustainability of capacity development and knowledge management for health workers.

 

Our Goals

Improve the skills and knowledge of health workers in Kenya by providing a sustainable and scalable mLearning application.Develop additional pedagogically sound and accredited content.Support the adaptation of the continuing professional development and Measure the effect of using mLearning on training and practice of nurses and midwives.Explore business revenue generation for continuity and sustainability in the region.

Major activities/Intervention Areas

Develop additional pedagogically sound and accredited content. To achieve this, Amref Health Africa will a) develop local capacity to develop Continuous Professional Development (CPD) content to ensure continuity once the project closes and b) guarantee that supply of new courses and content will be based on the demand through improved analytics and user-feedback mechanisms. Support the adaptation of the continuing professional development (CPD) framework for mLearning. Amref will continue to engage with the Nursing regulators in the adaptation of the CPD framework to ensure that points can be awarded to the nurses who enrol on the Jibu application. Furthermore, learner support to enhance the learner experience will take place in collaboration with trainers, Ministries of Health and Nursing regulators.Measure the effect of using mLearning on training and practice of nurses and midwives.Explore business revenue generation for continuity and sustainability in the region.

Achievements to date by Objective Areas

  • Learning management system to the solution has been developed and deployed.
  • The mobile application has been developed and tested and is currently undergoing publishing for deployment.
  • ELearning content developed and deployed on the learning management system.

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