At the Frontlines of Care, Knowledge Is Power — and Can Save Lives

World Continuing Education Alliance (09/24/20)

The World Continuing Education Alliance (WCEA), the Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery East Africa (AKU), the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the Johnson & Johnson Center for Health Worker Innovation designed a focused training program to help frontline health workers prevent and treat COVID-19 and provide primary healthcare services at a time when there could be potentially catastrophic disruption of care. The program uses mobile applications to reach 600,000 nurses and midwives across Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. AKU founded a certifiable COVID-19 Curriculum for nurses with six modules adapted from World Health Organization training as part of the program. WCEA contributed its virtual learning platform and mobile phone-based training capacity to rapidly scale the tool. ICN, meanwhile, extended nurse outreach via a collaboration with national Nurses Associations, Nursing Councils and Ministries of Health. The WCEA mobile-based trainings can be accessed on low bandwidth, and are endorsed by national Nurses Councils, Ministries of Health, and Nurses Associations as continued professional development (CPD) credits. Trainings in the app are open source and accessible in English, Arabic and French. Almost 175,000 nurses have completed more than 1.1 million CPD training courses since the program's April launch. The Johnson & Johnson Center for Health Worker Innovation says nurses can access locally developed training and lifelong education through this resource.

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