Project details / HIV Treat’n Care[e]Education in Senegal

About this project

After training in Senegal between 2008 and 2010, Health[e]Foundation returned in 2017 to train two new groups of participants in Dakar and Cap Skirring. The blended training model was used to implement the courses HIV[e]Education and Treat’n Care[e]Education. Using both e-learning courses enabled us to reach a mixed target group and enhance multidisciplinary team work and increased each person’s understanding of other people’s work and responsibilities. The training group consisted of 196 participants.

The courses used the blended learning model with workshops and e-learning. During the self-study period, participants studied the e-learning modules on a USB stick or online and were encouraged to interact with peers and to seek e-tutor support via their personalized e-learning account and email. Our partners, Dr. Karim Diop and Prof. Cheikh Tidiane Ndour from the University of Dakar, the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs and the Division against AIDS, motivated and guided the participants via telephone/email contact. The modules in the e-learning courses and in-depth guest lectures during the workshops covered topics which gave more insight in the prevention of HIV, and the treatment and care of HIV infected patients. Interactive assignments and exercises enhanced the communication and counseling skills of the participants.

During the workshops, participants completed a clinical case and an AIDS attitude scale to test how their clinical knowledge and attitude towards patients living with HIV/AIDS had improved. Focus group discussions and evaluation questionnaires were used to evaluate the project.

Who is this project for

Medical doctors, nurses, counselors/social workers, midwifes and pharmacists were selected from centers and hospitals in and around Dakar and from the southwestern provinces to stimulate the spread of knowledge in multiple regions.

Aim of the project

The overall aim of the project is to improve the quality of care that is given to HIV/AIDS patients. The project updates healthcare workers about all aspects involved in the prevention of HIV; and the care and treatment of patients with HIV/AIDS. It will support the healthcare workers to independently test people for HIV; diagnose HIV infection; counsel HIV positive people; and prescribe antiretroviral therapy for people living with HIV. They will become more knowledgeable and promote the continuum of care. They become more aware of mental health problems, stigma and discrimination that can disrupt the continuity of care for HIV infected persons. The healthcare workers are stimulated to share their knowledge with their colleagues and network with the other healthcare workers in the group.

Project activities

  • Workshops: one-day kick-off workshop and a two-day follow-up workshop in each training program.
  • E-learning course: HIV[e]Education and Treat’n Care[e]Education

Organization and partners

This project was organized in close collaboration with the University of Dakar, the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs and the Division against AIDS represented by Prof. Cheikh Tidiane Ndour and Dr. Karim Diop. Prof. Ndour and Dr. Diop arranged all the logistics; and provided support and guidance during the e-learning period, as well as during the workshops. They made a careful selection of participants to ensure that the healthcare workers came from different hospitals and centers, and included personnel from different levels in the organizations. They invited local experts to give guest presentations at the workshops. Mrs. Mbaye Bineta Thiam of the Regional Research and Education on Clinical Management Centre offered support before and during the workshops in Dakar and Cap Skirring.

Results of the project

174 participants successfully completed the course (80% in the first group and 97% in the second). The average knowledge increase for all modules was 15%. The amount of good answers in the clinical case increased by 14% and their attitude towards people living with HIV/AIDS was positively influenced. The outcomes of the focus group discussions and daily evaluations confirmed that the participants were very positive about the course.

The success rate and the positive opinion of the participants towards the course confirm that blended-learning is a very effective method to train healthcare workers in Senegal. The cooperative and valuable collaboration with the Universities of Dakar and Ziguinchor, the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs and the Division against AIDS made everyone involved highly motivated to turn this successful experience into a sustainable collaboration so that many more healthcare workers can increase their knowledge and skills.

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Subject

HIV/AIDS

Country

Senegal

Period

2017 - 2018

Target group

Medical doctors, nurses, counselors/social workers, midwifes, pharmacists

Course / service

HIV[e]Education course & Treat’n Care[e]Education course

Learning method

Blended group learning

Financed by

Janssen, Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson&Johnson

Partner

Universities of Dakar and Ziguinchor, the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs and the Division against AIDS

Project Manager Myrna Derksen myrna@healthefoundation.eu