eLearning approach for capacity strengthening of health professionals in Guinea: a post-Ebola experience

Tamba Mina Millimouno, Alexandre Delamou, Karifa Kourouma, Jean Michel Kolie, Hawa Manet, Aissatou Thoupia Balde, Abdoul Habib Beavogui, Sara Roegiers, Marlon Garcia, Carlos Kiyan Tsunami, Wim Van Damme, Therese Delvaux

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Introduction: The development of quality human resources for health is an essential pillar of an effective health system. The objective of this study was to describe the implementation process and the results of an eLearning approach for capacity strengthening of health professionals in Guinea.

Method: A descriptive cross-sectional study using a mixed research method was conducted from January 15, 2018 to January 15, 2019.

Results: A team from the National Training and Research Centre in Rural Health of Maferinyah in Guinea has been trained in the development of online courses. Two courses lasting three months each (7 to 8 modules), entirely offered online on the Moodle platform, have been developed, one on Primary Health Care (eSSP) and the other on the Management of Sexual and Reproductive Health Services (eSSR). Overall, 282 health professionals have been enrolled for both courses, with a completion rate of 69.5%. The success rate for learners who completed the courses was 79.6% and the success rate for enrollees was 55.3%. The dropout and abstention rates were 21.6% and 8.9%, respectively. The strengths, weaknesses and challenges of the organization and the success of such a training were reported.

Conclusions: The eLearning approach for capacity strengthening of health professionals is feasible and gives good findings in low-income contexts like that of Guinea.

Original languageUndefined/Unknown
JournalSanté Publique
Issue number5-6
Pages (from-to)537-548
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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