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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

ENDORSE T-t-T Phase 2 course implemented at Pope John’s Aber Hospital

ENDORSE Train the Trainers (T-t-T) Phase 2 training course took place successfully between 17th to 19th July 2017 at Pope John’s Hospital Aber under the auspices of the hospital administration, thanks to the devotion of the trainers and the productive interaction of the participants.

The training course was implemented for the benefit of 16 pre-selected participants, who are clinical and laboratory personnel of the hospital and it was officially kicked-off by a welcome speech that has been delivered by the Director Fr. Dr. Samuel Okori. Together with the logistical support from the members of the Project Coordinator, the University of Milan, and of the Project Partner St. Mary’s Lacor Hospital, the course subjects were delivered by the ENDORSE T-t-T Phase 1 alumni Mr. Eric Odongo (focusing on laboratory aspects) and Mr. Bosco Ogwal (focusing on clinical aspects). Trainers of Phase 2 were also supported by the Project trainer Dr. Alessandro Mancon as facilitator. Unlike Phase 1, in the 2nd Phase of ENDORSE trainers decided the course subjects from Phase 1 curricula according to the more specific needs of their hospitals.

By virtue of the teaching and knowledge sharing skills trainers gained during adult learning sessions in ENDORSE Phase 1, during this 3 days training course, Phase 2 participants were fully engaged with both theoretical and practical sessions. Participants had chance to directly experience donning and doffing of PPEs that they have to use in case of possible epidemic outbreaks. The course also gave them opportunity to examine their own daily practices, as well as to identify some of the common wrong practices and to discuss how to apply principles of biosafety in the framework of their hospital with the trainers and the ENDORSE team. In addition, the course was a good opportunity for fruitful dialogues among the whole group on how to further profit from the ENDORSE Project and its network to improve and transmit the knowledge gathered, and develop new opportunities for broader national and international cooperation.

Finally, the training course was closed with the distribution of attendance certificates and participants clearly expressed their willingness to continue this training course to benefit not only their colleagues at the hospital but in the lower facilities of the district as well, which will ensure the cascade effect of the ENDORSE Project in the region.

Pope John’s Hospital Aber is a private non-for profit hospital founded in 1953 as a dispensary by the Comboni Missionary sisters, which became a hospital in 1969. Currently it has 178 bed capacity and provides general clinical care and limited specialist services. Pope John’s Hospital is the main hospital for Oyam district in Northern Uganda region and serves also patients from the neighboring districts of Apac, Kole, Lira, Nwoya, Gulu and Kiryangdongo.