This project will train health care professionals in Tanzania in what THEY asked to be trained in - a survey showed that they wanted to know more about how to search for good information on health, particularly evidence-based health care (which means finding out what the majority of studies show is the best health care method for any particular health problem). Doctors in Tanzania earn about $450/month, thus their need for help paying for this course. Please help doctors improve health care.
Tanzania, like many low income countries, does not have high quality medical facilities for all of the people living in the country. One critical issue is that doctors and nurses do not always know how to access good information to solve local health problems. As mobile technologies are becoming more prevalent, the doctors and nurses are realizing that they do not have the skills to maximize the use of these technologies to help their communities.
This project solves the problem by training doctors and nurses. We use a participatory training style that will allow the doctors and nurses to develop their skills in using technology to answer health questions and improve their practice. The training also encourages participants to think about new ways to use information and technologies in culturally appropriate ways that work with the systems they currently have in place. This empowers the health care workers to continually improve practice.
The project will directly train 180 doctors and nurses, which will improve service to thousands of patients. The training also encourages participants to train others and to keep learning, in this way, we hope that more nurses and doctors will learn and grow the use of information and technology in clinical practice improving health outcomes for all Tanzanians. The doctors and nurses may also develop new ways to share information in low resourced clinics to continuously improve service.