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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 St. Joseph Kitgum Hospital

EDCTP ENDORSE Train the Trainers (T-t-T) Phase 2 training course took place successfully between 20th to 21st July 2017 at St. Joseph Kitgum Hospital under the great auspices of the hospital administration, thanks to the devotion of the trainers and to the attentiveness of the participants.

ENDORSE Phase 2 was implemented for the benefit of 12 pre-selected participants, who are clinical and laboratory personnel of the hospital and 2 health care officers from Padibe Mission Health Care Center. The training course was officially kicked-off by a welcome speech that has been delivered by the Director Dr. Pamela Atim. 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. David Oryema (focusing on laboratory aspects) and Dr. Diana Okello (focusing on clinical aspects). Trainers of Phase 2 were also supported by the Project trainer Dr. Davide Mileto 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.

The training course was closed with the distribution of attendance certificates. In her closing speech Director Dr. Pamela Atim shared that some of the trained participants of ENDORSE will be included into the hospital Epidemic Preparedness Committee. Finally, participants clearly expressed their willingness to continue this training course starting with a Continuing Medical Education (CME) for their other colleagues at the hospital and also for the health care personnel in the lower facilities of the district as well, which will ensure the cascade effect of the ENDORSE Project in the region.

St. Joseph’s Hospital Kitgum is one of the two general hospitals in Kitgum district in Northern Uganda region. It is a private not for profit hospital started as an aid post in 1949 and became a hospital in 1960. Currently it has a bed capacity of 280 and serves estimate 88.500 people per year. Apart from Kitgum, the Hospital is the major referral facility also for the districts of Lamwo and Pader. In addition, a significant number of patients comes from Kabong and Kotido districts, as well as South Sudan.