Continuing Distance Education: A Capacity-Building Tool for the De-isolation of Care Professionals and Researchers
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There are large disparities in access to health-care professionals (HCP) in low-income African countries, leading to imbalanced and suboptimal health delivery. Part of the difficulty is recruiting and retaining care professionals to work in isolated settings.
To evaluate the impact of distance continuing education as a way to build capacity, increase satisfaction and enhance the performance of care professionals in these isolated health-care facilities.
Care professionals using RAFT (Telemedicine Network in French-speaking Africa) in isolated care facilities.
Within RAFT, an organizational framework and computer-based tools have been developed and evolved to provide useful, qualitative, applicable training material.
The activity, satisfaction, perceptions and impact of RAFT on remote health-care workers are being monitored. RAFT’s potential to improve the recruitment, satisfaction and retention of care professionals in remote settings is widely recognized; however, the actual impact on the performance and quality of care remains to be demonstrated.
KEY WORDStelemedicine distance education capacity building low-resource impact
The work is being carried out thanks to the support from the Geneva International Solidarity Fund, a grant provided by the Research Centre for the International Development of Canada, and financial assistance from the Canadian government through the Canadian International Development Agency.
Conflict of Interest
The authors have no conflict of interest or commercial interest related to the work presented in the article.
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