Virtual learning for better healthcare

Livestream to the other side of the World

How do hospital germs spread and how can this be prevented in everyday hospital life? How can patients be better protected against infections through the correct use of antibiotics, but how can resistance be prevented? In an e-learning project, professionals at Liberian hospitals are trained from Germany on infection control and antibiotic resistance.

Frequent epidemics in children's wards, high maternal mortality and the poor qualification of health workers indicate a weak health system in...

How do hospital germs spread and how can this be prevented in everyday hospital life? How can patients be better protected against infections through the correct use of antibiotics, but how can resistance be prevented? In an e-learning project, professionals at Liberian hospitals are trained from Germany on infection control and antibiotic resistance.

Frequent epidemics in children's wards, high maternal mortality and the poor qualification of health workers indicate a weak health system in Liberia, even after the Ebola epidemic. With internet-based training (e-learning), Difäm and the Medical Mission Institute in Würzburg, together with the network of the Christian Health Association in Liberia (CHAL) as their local partner, are training medical staff, nurses, midwives and pharmacists at three Christian hospitals in Liberia, in order to improve the safety of their patients.

Almost weekly, teachers from Germany and professionals from Liberia, 6,500 km apart, come together in webinars to talk about quality-conscious hospital management, infection control and hygiene measures. The aim is to develop an awareness of the connection between hygiene, the prevention of infections and the use of antibiotics.

In an online learning platform, participants are provided with further literature. Participants can share their experiences in online forums.

During attendance phases, participants can put their newly acquired knowledge into practice. In these phases, the experts in Liberia are supported by colleagues from Tübingen and Würzburg. They monitor the development of implementation and training plans in the fields of hand hygiene, disinfection, the use of protective clothing, the handling of potentially infectious material and instruments, as well as the correct use of medicines such as antibiotics and the early recognition of therapy failure.

Through the trainings, the health professionals will learn that infection control can prevent infections altogether. This should improve the quality of care and prevent faults in the treatment process.

A look into the future

The advantages of webinars are manifold: online learning saves costs, participants are locally independent through the use of smartphones, and they can study the educational contents online for themselves. Now, new topics are to be added and the project will be expanded to further Difäm partner hospitals in other countries.

If you are interested in the project, please contact Olaf Hirschmann.

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Contact

Mr. Olaf Hirschmann
Mr. Olaf Hirschmann Basic Health Consultant Mohlstraße 26 D-72074 Tübingen Tel. +49 7071 7049019 Fax: +49 7071 7049039 hirschmann@difaem.de