Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 28, Supplement 3, pp 666–670 | Cite as

Continuing Distance Education: A Capacity-Building Tool for the De-isolation of Care Professionals and Researchers

  • Cheikh Oumar Bagayoko
  • Caroline PerrinEmail author
  • Marie-Pierre Gagnon
  • Antoine Geissbuhler



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.

Program Description

Within RAFT, an organizational framework and computer-based tools have been developed and evolved to provide useful, qualitative, applicable training material.

Program Evaluation

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.


telemedicine 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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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cheikh Oumar Bagayoko
    • 1
  • Caroline Perrin
    • 2
    • 4
    Email author
  • Marie-Pierre Gagnon
    • 3
  • Antoine Geissbuhler
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.Faculty of Medicine, and Odonto-stomatologyUniversity of BamakoBamakoMali
  2. 2.Faculty of MedicineGeneva UniversityGenevaSwitzerland
  3. 3.Faculty of NursingLaval UniversityQuebec CityCanada
  4. 4.Division of eHealth and TelemedicineGeneva University HospitalsGeneva 14Switzerland

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