Strengthening and expanding the capacity of health worker education in Zambia

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  • © Charles Michelo et al. Introduction: Zambia is facing a chronic shortage of health care workers. The paper aimed at understanding how the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) program facilitated strengthening and expanding of the national capacity and quality of medical education as well as processes for retaining faculty in Zambia. Methods: Data generated through documentary review, key informant interviews and observations were analyzed using a thematic approach. Results: The MEPI program triggered the development of new postgraduate programs thereby increasing student enrollment. This was achieved by leveraging of existing and new partnerships with other universities and differentiating the old Master in Public Health into specialized curriculum. Furthermore, the MEPI program improved the capacity and quality of training by facilitating installation and integration of new technology such as the eGranary digital library, E-learning methods and clinical skills laboratory into the Schools. This technology enabled easy access to relevant data or information, quicker turn around of experiments and enhanced data recording, display and analysis features for experiments. The program also facilitated transforming of the academic environment into a more conducive work place through strengthening the Staff Development program and support towards research activities. These activities stimulated work motivation and interest in research by faculty. Meanwhile, these processes were inhibited by the inability to upload all courses on to Moodle as well as inadequate operating procedures and feedback mechanisms for the Moodle. Conclusion: Expansion and improvement in training processes for health care workers requires targeted investment within medical institutions and strengthening local and international partnerships.
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  • Michelo C; Zulu JM; Simuyemba M; Andrews B; Katubulushi M; Chi B; Njelesani E; Vwalika B; Bowa K; Maimbolwa M
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  • 27