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ENDORSE - ENhancing individual and institutional infectious Disease Outbreaks ResponSe capacities of healthcare professionals to mitigate infectious Emergencies in the Northern Uganda region

Capacity building

Specific objectives

  • Strengthening healthcare workers’ preparedness to safely respond to infectious diseases outbreaks
  • Capacity building and training in the field of personal protection and biosafety
  • Providing cheap and sustainable needs-based training tools
  • Training trainers to trigger a cascade effect in knowledge transfer

Activities
Capacity building objectives will be achieved by designing and testing a sustainable Train-the-Trainer (TtT) model which will be implemented via subsequent training phases to build sustainable capacities. While training contents will be informed by the results of the collection of information and assessment of training needs, knowledge development and transfer will be based on a transferable model of training, which can be used in different contexts.

The training model will entail implementation into two phases.
Phase 1 will require the selection of healthcare professionals to be trained as trainers in the field of response to infectious disease outbreaks resulting in health emergencies at both the laboratory level and the patient-care level. These trainers will not only be transferred capacities, skills and competences in the technical field of interest, but they will also be trained to effectively transfer their acquired knowledge further.
Phase 2 will actively involve the trained trainers in further educational activities and training courses to be implemented in the target region. Accordingly, a training course will be organized in the trainers’ work-place. More specifically, a number of trainees will be selected in each project Associate Hospital.

Both trainers and trainees will be carefully selected by the Consortium in close coordination with the Associate Hospitals according to specific profiles. They will have the necessary scientific, technical, and educational qualifications, as well as a good command of English. Moreover, the possibility that the selected participants are, or will be, in a position allowing further knowledge transfer or the dissemination of project results, will be taken into careful consideration. In particular, the identification of the trainers and trainees will be also based on their awareness and motivation for the safety of the health care workers and their willingness to become “champions” in the development of effective bio-risk management in their institution.