Capacity building training programme for public health officials in Ethiopia, Kenya and Malawi

The programme aims to build capacity within the public health sector in the field of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition.

Photo: Helena Lindgren

The purpose

This initiative offers a creative and innovative approach to build professional competences and confidence for leaders in the field of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition in East African countries.  The aim of the programme is to build capacity within the public health sector in the field of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition with  midwifery-led interdisciplinary care as a model. 

Content

Some of the topics that will be addressed are the following. 

  • What is sustainable health and what are the ways of getting there? Globally, regionally and nationally – in collaboration.  

  • How can quality of care be sustained and further improved during and after the covid-19 pandemic?

  • How to encourage interdisciplinary multi-professional teamwork and what makes a team a team?

  • How to systematically close the gap between what we know and what we do? How to utilize proven health interventions and evidence-based practices by choosing the right implementation strategies? 

 The capacity building training programme connects and spans across six sustainable development goals (SDG 2, 3, 5, 10 and 16).

Duration

July 2020 – June 2021.

Participants

Officials, primarily with a background in nursing and midwifery, in government institutions such as health and education ministries, public health authorities and public or private hospitals and universities in Ethiopia, Kenya and Malawi

Helena Lindgren, Associate professor, Karolinska Institutet

How is the programme delivered?

The programme is led by Helena Lindgren, Associate professor, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Women's and Children's Health in collaboration with Miriam Wagoro, Senior lecturer and Director School of Nursing, University of Nairobi, Alice Kadango, PhD, Kamuzu College of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Malawi and Marta Berta, lecturer and PhD student, Gondar University, Ethiopia. 

The programme is mainly run online, both through prerecorded webinars and videos as well as online interactive real-time workshops and group work. If the situation allows physical meetings and study visits in each respective country and to Sweden will be facilitated. 

The programme is being carried out with financial support from the Swedish Institute. 

Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Health (CESH)

The programme builds on the newly initiated Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Health (CESH), a collaboration between Karolinska Institutet and universities in East African countries, which aims to explore the complex health challenges of today and tomorrow as situated within the broader 2030 Agenda. The activities of the programme are designed to foster establishment of strong networks across sectors and nations connecting the participants as well as to the CESH network.

For more information, please contact:

Susanna Sjunneryd

Project coordinator