Amref Tanzania Enhances Nurses’ Elearning Course
BY DEOGRATIAS MUSHI
AMREF Tanzania has launched eLearning course to upgrade enrolled certificate nurses to diploma level. The programme is aimed at improving capacity development of the nursing workforce in Tanzania that will at the beginning involve 96 nurses drawn from four pilot schools, namely Muheza (30), Ndanda (27) Mirembe (15) and Mbeya (24).
Speaking in Dar es Salaam, AMREF Tanzania country Director Dr Festus Ilako said the training involves work-study and cost-effective model, envisaged to increase nurses' access to continuous education and lifelong learning.
"This is a high level forum with officials from ministries of health, communication, education and vocational training among others to give the programme the necessary implementation impetus and momentum", he said. He added that the forum will also provide the opportunity to increase the knowledge of AMREF partners on the eLearning nurse upgrading programme.
The forum will also have representation from private sector, faith based institutions and the donor community. Speaking during the launch, Chief Medical Officer Dr Donard Mmbando said health sector in Tanzania faces a serious human resource crisis that is negatively affecting its ability to deliver quality and equitable health services.
"The shortage affects all levels of care and more so in rural and remote areas. Nurses and midwives being the predominant service providers in rural settings and in the entire health system at large need to have competent and proficient skills", he said.
According to Dr Mmbando, the goal of the nurse-midwife upgrading programme is to improve healthcare service delivery to communities living in Tanzania especially those in rural settings and its purpose is to increase access to appropriate and effective professional development for health workers in 10 regions of Tanzania.
The ultimate beneficiaries of this programme are indeed the communities will have access to better care from better-informed health care providers. The nurse upgrading eLearning course is a product of a national approved eLearning curriculum (NTAlevel 6) regulated by NACTE, MOHSW and TNMC.
The project targets to enroll 1000 nurses across 10 regions onto the eLearning course over a two years' period. A six month test pilot will run in the said schools for 200 nurses, before the scheme is fully rolled out. The pilot phase will start on April 22, after a competitive selection of students.