NZÉRÉKORÉ, GUINEA – TÜBINGEN

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PARTNERSHIPS

PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN:

DIFÄM Deutsches Institut für Ärztliche Mission Tübingen / Germany

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Non-Governmental Organisation TINKISSO in Conakry / Guinea

Bringing capacity development to health professionals in rural areas through E-learning

Quality management and continuous quality improvement were first developed in the industrial sector and were later adapted for and introduced in the health sector, especially in Australia, Great Britain and Japan. For many years, quality management and improvement were not regarded as important in most low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Other problems were seen as more relevant and thus prioritised. Nevertheless, the quality of healthcare and services has increasingly been recognised as a key precondition for improving health outcomes for better well-being and survival of any country’s population.

MORE ABOUT GUINEA

  • Guinea has a population of 10.5 million living on an area of 245.861 sq km.
  • Some of West Africa’s major rivers , e.g. the Niger, Gambia and Senegal Rivers, have their source in the highlands in south-eastern Guinea.
  • The highest point of Guinea is Mount Nimba at 1.752 m. The natural reservoir around it has been listed as a strict nature reserve of UNESCO since 1982.
  • Since 2000, the country has suffered from periods of political and social instability, and from 2014 to 2016, the Ebola outbreak put an additional burden on this country and killed 2,543 inhabitants.
  • Life expectancy at birth in Guinea is 59(m)/ 60(f) years.
  • The probability of dying before the age of five was at 101 for 1,000 births in 2018.

 

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Universal health coverage alone does not improve health outcomes. Quality of services needs to be improved at the same time. Therefore, many governments of LMIC have introduced quality improvement and management strategies for health.

In Guinea, the Ebola epidemic has additionally weakened the health system. To change this situation for the better, the government of Guinea has developed a quality improvement strategy and a quality assessment tool to be implemented step by step in all health facilities in the country starting with the district hospitals. To enable health facility managers and health workers to implement quality improvement activities and use the assessment tool, they need to receive training, as well as continuous support and supervision.

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The government has already developed a face-to-face training manual and trained a number of trainers to roll out the capacity-building programme at country level. However, conducting nation-wide trainings for a high number of health workers is a great challenge, as health workers need to leave the facility for several days and cannot attend to patients. This constitutes an additional burden, especially for rural health facilities, due to already limited human resources and a remote location which adds several travelling days to the training time. The region of N’zérékoré, where the project is being introduced, is about two days’ drive from Conakry, the country’s capital, and shows the worst health indicators nationwide. As the region is geographically isolated, training of health personnel always involves at least four additional days of absence due to travel to and from the region.

To support the necessary capacity development among health workers, the two partner organisations and the Ministry of Health have joined forces.

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eHEALTH

Our eHealth Contribution

To qualify health workers in remote rural areas, the project partners have transformed the government’s training manual for face-to-face training into an online training consisting of 35 to 40 sessions. Seven pilot hospitals receive support to establish e-learning facilities where health workers can access the technical equipment required for e-learning activities at all times. In addition to online tutors, two quality managers per hospital are trained as face-to-face tutors. They are the core of a blended learning approach where health workers participate in individual and group online training sessions but can also engage in direct discussions and practice sessions at their hospitals.

This approach allows the training of a higher number of health workers within each facility, reinforced by the establishment of quality management committees. A partnership with a national training institution was already established during the course development phase so that a smooth take-over is ensured after the end of the project. This opens the opportunity for health workers all over the country to benefit from this support in a sustainable manner.

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DIFÄM Deutsches Institut für Ärztliche Mission Tübingen / Germany

was founded 1906 and supports faith-based health institutions in Africa and South-East Asia. It is also a teaching institution for tropical medicine and health systems.

Contact:

Julia Garz
Deutsches Institut für Ärztliche Mission (Difäm)
Koordinatorin e-health
D-72074 Tübingen
garz@difäm.de

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Non-Governmental Organisation TINKISSO Conakry / Guinea

Supports 60 projects and develops innovative approaches for the most disadvantaged people.

Contact:

Aboubacar Camara
TINKISSO
Executive Director
BP 2045 Conakry
abscamara1982@gmail.com

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DIFÄM Deutsches Institut für Ärztliche Mission Tübingen / Germany

was founded 1906 and supports faith-based health institutions in Africa and South-East Asia. It is also a teaching institution for tropical medicine and health systems.

Contact:

Julia Garz
Deutsches Institut für Ärztliche Mission (Difäm)
Koordinatorin e-health
D-72074 Tübingen
garz@difäm.de

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Non-Governmental Organisation TINKISSO Conakry / Guinea

Supports 60 projects and develops innovative approaches for the most disadvantaged people.

Contact:

Aboubacar Camara
TINKISSO
Executive Director
BP 2045 Conakry
abscamara1982@gmail.com

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