From 17 to 21 October DATOS provided a tailor-made training funded by NUFFIC to teachers of the School of Community Health Sciences at Njala University in Sierra Leone. This training was organized together with KIT and the Njala University.

The aim of the training was to increase the capacity of the teaching staff of Njala University to train public health professionals to deliver improved basic public health services to deprived communities, also during outbreaks of emerging diseases such as Ebola.

Emerging Disease Outbreak Preparedness
The overall project consisted of a one-week training (provided in August), a field assignment, and again a one-week training. In the first training university staff learned how to conduct a training needs analysis and curriculum review. During the field assignment the university staff conducted a training needs analysis themselves and reviewed the curriculum of the MSc. Nutrition and Health, MSc. Public Health, and the MSc. Environmental Health with the goal to formulate recommendations on inclusion of modules on emerging disease outbreak preparedness. In the second training the results of the field assignments were scrutinized and the recommendations on improvement of the Master programmes optimized. During this week the university staff was also trained on topics such as leadership and management, teamwork, and modern teaching methodologies. The final assignment of the course consisted of micro-teaching session to practice adoption of newly acquired teaching methodologies.

Improving MSc. Programmes
The recommendations on inclusion of modules on emerging disease outbreak preparedness in the various MSc programmes were presented to the Chancelor of Njala University. The training was a big success, which was emphasized by the University’s Vice Chancellor stating his commitment to analyse and consider adoption of the recommendations for improvement of the MSc. Nutrition and Health, MSc. Public Health, and the MSc. Environmental Health!

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