Sidra Medical and Research Center employees Elaine Sigalet, Simulation Consultant, and Renee Pyburn, Project Manager, travelled to Malawi last week as part of a group of eight simulation educators from the International Pediatric Simulation Society (IPSS).
The group included paediatric physicians, nurses, a pharmacist, emergency medical technician and research professionals.
Malawi has one of the highest rates of death in children under the age of five in the world. In a commitment to improve these statistics a partnership was formed between IPSS, Malawi’s Ministry of Health, the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care and the World Health Organization (WHO).
“Our team of eight international paediatric professionals travelled to Malawi to begin to determine how we could use simulation and education to improve training for healthcare professionals and ultimately improve paediatric and neonatal morbidity and mortality in Malawi,” said Renee.
The team met with senior officials from the Ministry of Health and the public healthcare system, as well as the Dean of the School of Nursing and educators from the universities and the public healthcare system. To gain insight into the inherent challenges in health service delivery, the team attended an ETAT course and visited the Central Hospital in Lilongwe, district hospitals and rural health centres. The team is in the process of reviewing all the data collected from interviews with various stakeholders to develop a plan and in collaboration with Malawi educators develop a faculty training programme.
Source : Qatar Chronicle
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