African Diseases Prevention and Research Development Initiative (ADRAP), a Nigeria based non-Governmental public health institution has commenced the next round of training aimed at building the capacity of no fewer than four thousand health workers in Africa on
Tuberculosis prevention, control and management through electronic Learning (e-Learning).
The chief executive officer of ADRAP, Dr. Joseph Enegela, who gave insight on the e-Learning model in a statement in Abuja said the current online training which are happening simultaneously but independent of each other in Nigeria and Liberia, ADRAP is supporting the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy control Program of Nigeria with funding from the Global fund to advance progress in its TB control activities.
It is also supporting the National Leprosy and Tuberculosis Control Programme of Liberia with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the WHO to achieve a similar feat in Liberia.
He said the visit by the Liberian team highlights the importance of trans-border collaborations to deepen TB control efforts through the promotion of education growth and partnership within the continent.
He stated that only recently, experts in the health space, particularly those involved in TB intervention activities from Liberia, led by the country’s deputy minister of Health, Dr. Francis Kateh, were in Nigeria to learn, first-hand from ADRAP how they could leap-frog some of the obvious and inherent challenges that they face in their everyday work schedules using virtual technology.
The visit by the Liberian team Dr. Enegela highlights the importance of trans-border collaborations to deepen TB control efforts through the promotion of education growth and partnership within the continent.
Adding that e-learning is the future of health workforce development in Africa, as it facilitates access to quality knowledge, just as its flexibility, cost-effectiveness, interactive nature offer opportunities for peer to peer learning and ability to standardize education.
“The future of e-learning for health workforce development in Africa holds tremendous potential to bridge the healthcare education gap, address workforce shortages and improve health outcomes,” Dr. Enegela said.