Africa Will Train Thousands Of Professionals To Deploy The Covid-19 Vaccine
2021-02-18 | by CusiGO
In sub Saharan Africa, it takes material resources to vaccinate 19 million people with cowid, but it also requires managers and health workers to be prepared to deploy a campaign. As a result, the World Health Organization (who), in collaboration with African and international partners, has launched a large-scale teleconference training for experts, which is expected to reach 120000 participants in the next three months, including representatives from different African countries. Its purpose is to share the latest information and solve problems in real time, and promote the establishment of virtual communities to promote mutual learning and cooperation among professionals in various regions of Africa.
“These courses are based on a low-dose, high-frequency distance education model that has been effective in treating HIV, tuberculosis and even cancer for many years,” Bruce stuminger, African director of echo at the University of New Mexico, explained at a virtual press conference. (USA). “Our idea is to meet once a week for at least three months until it is necessary.” This initiative is the result of cooperation between echo project and who led treatment accelerator covid-19 (act-a) and professional association of doctors and nurses in Africa. At the same time, a regional platform is being established for the professionals of the African Centre of excellence to guide staff deployed throughout the territory.
In January, the infection rate of covid-19 in Africa increased by 50%, due to the expansion of the virus’s more infectious variants. So far, the continent has recorded more than 3.5 million cases and blamed the lack of experts to treat other diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria and HIV. Who has used the echo model to promote 37 national vaccine distribution plans in sub Saharan Africa. Now, it will use it to pave the way for vaccination in the coming weeks, while promoting knowledge equity.
For Ambrose talisuna, who’s African emergency preparedness officer, covid-19 is an opportunity to expand new large-scale training models. “We can’t predict what the next pandemic will lead to, but whatever it is, we have to be able to quickly transfer knowledge to decision makers and health care workers. “Virtual learning and the” colleague to colleague “process (each participant can teach and learn) is one way to achieve this goal,” talisua said. The one hour course will complement the courses offered by the World Health Organization.
Namibia was the first African country to use this mutual support system in 2015. In this case, connect experts in the capital with the most remote HIV clinics in the country. The network continues to meet weekly, so when cowid-19 arrives, the same platform can easily be used to disseminate information and address health service disruptions caused by epidemics.
“In the current situation, you need to train health workers quickly because information is spreading fast,” said Leonard bikinesi, director of HIV echo in Namibia. “This model enables us to disseminate reliable information to those in need when needed, to help standardize care and use resources more effectively. In addition, it helps to address clinical cases and side effects in a collaborative and real-time manner. ”
Mary Boyd, a public health analyst at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), refers to the echo networks recently set up for countries in West Africa and South Africa. “The platform enables us to share our experience with cowid-19, keep abreast of the latest situation and update our clinical practice when necessary.”
Access to the Internet is necessary to benefit from the platform, but recordings of each meeting will be available the next day so that anyone can access the content whenever possible. In addition, entities such as the East Africa Medical Association are exploring the dissemination of content through messaging applications such as WhatsApp to areas with low coverage.
Experts believe that cooperation and digital training will revolutionize the future of training and programme implementation in Africa and will continue. Who’s tarisuna said: “cooperation with echo is improving our ability to respond to epidemics.”. “For example, we are now dealing with Ebola outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Guinea, and the platform can also be adapted to address these problems.”
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