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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 implemented in Dr. Ambrosoli Kalongo Hospital

ENDORSE Train the Trainers (T-t-T) Phase 2 training course took place successfully between 2 to 4 of August 2017 at Dr. Ambrosoli Memorial Hospital Kalongo under the auspices of the hospital administration, thanks to the great devotion of the trainers and the productive interaction of the participants.

The training course was implemented for the benefit of 14 pre-selected participants, who are 12 clinical and laboratory personnel of the hospital and 2 participants from St. Mary’s Midwifery Training School. The course was kicked-off by a welcome speech that has been delivered by the CEO Dr. Godfrey Smart Okot and an introduction of the Project by the Project Manager Ms. Giovanna Fotia. 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. Tonny Etwop (focusing on laboratory aspects) and Dr. Maurice Okao (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 hospital.

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 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 hospital administration announced that the participants of this course will become the hospital Emergency Response Team. The participants clearly expressed their gratitude to the Project and willingness to continue this training course to benefit their colleagues at the hospital, which will ensure the cascade effect of the ENDORSE Project in the region.

Dr. Ambrosoli Memorial Hospital Kalongo is a private non for profit hospital funded in 1957 with a current bed capacity of 271 and 239 hospital staff. It is located in Valongo Town Council in Agago district, and it supervises 25 Health Centres II and 8 Health Centres III. It serves to around 50.000 patients which around half of them constitutes children of age under 5 years.