Welcome to the Mercy Ships Africa
Heart of Healthcare Learning Portal!

We’re glad you’re here.

Below you will find information about the training courses we are offering online.

Register your interest by filling out the form below and choosing the appropriate course.

Please be advised that all courses are only being offered in English at this time.

Health and Well-Being of the Caregiver during the COVID-19 Crisis: a 2 hour interactive facilitated eLearning course for caregivers

Course Description: Participants discuss strategies for maintaining personal safety and mental well-being and have the opportunity to discuss issues within their own settings and set their own goals and encourage others in practical applications. “This is a critical time to support both the mental, emotional as well as physical health of our West African colleagues as they are on the frontline of preparation within their own national healthcare situations.  It is important that they know they are not alone during this time when news of the virus in other parts of the world has created so much fear,” – Dr. Westman.

Course Goals:

  1. To see yourself and others as God sees His creation
  2. To learn new paradigms in self-care needed during this COVID crisis
  3. To be a positive change agent in healthy caregiving relationships

Presented by: Dr. Lyn Westman, Mental Health Program Consultant – Mercy Ships & Tributaries Int.

Requisites:

  1. Offered at no charge
  2. Device and Internet connection capable of Zoom video meeting

Credits: Mercy Ships Certificate

Language: French and English

Dates: May 22, 2020,  June 18, 2020,  July 21, 2020, TBA

Heart of the Caregiver: a 6-week facilitated e-Learning course providing caregivers with personal health and well-being strategies that facilitate effective caregiving relationships

Course Description: As a caregiver, you are responding to the need of those whose lives have been affected by disease, injury, and trauma. The choices you and I make as caregivers can build life and relationships, or the choices we make can be the source of pain and suffering for the very ones we intended to help. This program prepares you to be an even more effective part of your own care team in your home, your faith community, or your hospital.

Course Goals:

1. To see yourself and others as God sees His creation
2. To be a positive change agent in healthy caregiving relationships

Weekly Sessions:

1. Orientation
2. Physical health and safety of the caregiver
3. Emotional and spiritual health of the caregiver
4. Healthy coping mechanisms for caregivers
5. Consequences of poor coping mechanisms
6. Applications and personal goal setting
7. Wrap-up and tools for continued learning

Presented by: Kat Foley, Mental Health Program Consultant – Mercy Ships & Tributaries Int.

Requisites:

1. Offered at no charge
2. Device and Internet connection capable of Zoom video meeting
3. WhatsApp

Credits: Mercy Ships Certificate

Dates: To be announced

Basics of Mental Health 1 - Understanding People: a 7-week interactive and mentored eLearning course for medical professionals. the first of a 5 part series to introduce medical professionals to basic mental health concepts based on Dr. Lyn Westman’s textbook "Understanding People, Mental Health, and Trauma"

Course Description: Mercy Ships is committed to promoting hope and healing through global mental health programs. The “Understanding People” eLearning course is designed to help participants begin to develop a self-directed framework to better understand others and themselves in ways that help facilitate healthy change in relationships, communities, and organizations. In doing so, this course is meant to create safe places for conversations and peer support around mental health, trauma, and addressing stigma.

Course Goals:

  1. To better understand self and others using a series of mental-health models
  2. Using these models to develop a framework to understand people holistically, including their needs, awareness levels, thoughts, actions, behaviors, and motivations.
  3. To better understand self in ways that help facilitate healthy change in relationships, communities, or organizations

Weekly Sessions:

  1. Orientation
  2. Whole Person Model
  3. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
  4. Johari Window
  5. Behavior Process Model
  6. Change Model
  7. Wrap up

Presented by: Kat Foley, Mental Health Program Specialist – Mercy Ships
With a panel of expert international mentors

Requisites:

  1. Offered at no charge
  2. Device and Internet connection capable of Zoom video meetings
  3. WhatsApp
  4. Time commitment of at least 4 hours/week

Credits: Mercy Ships Certificate

Language: English

Dates: November 1, 2020 – December 15, 2020 | Tuesdays @ 2PM (GMT+1)
To be announced

Basics of Mental Health 2 – Understanding Stress: a 9-week interactive and mentored e-Learning course. The second of a 5 part series to introduce caregivers to basic mental health concepts based on Dr. Lyn Westman’s textbook “Understanding People, Mental Health and Trauma”

Course Description:

Mercy Ships is committed to promoting hope and healing through global mental health programs. The “Understanding Stress” interactive e-Learning course uses a combination of: high quality easy to understand materials developed by mental health professionals working in Africa, peer groups and expert mentors to help participants begin to develop a framework to better understand stress and facilitate healthy change in relationships, communities or organizations.

Course Goals:

  1. To better understand stress, its causes, and consequences
  2. To better understand wounds of the soul—Crisis, Grief, and/or Trauma
  3. To better understand potentially destructive responses to Stress

Weekly Sessions:

  1. Orientation
  2. What is Stress
  3. Internal vs External Stressors
  4. Crisis
  5. Grief
  6. Trauma
  7. Destructive Thoughts and Feelings
  8. Destructive Behaviors
  9. Wrap-up and tools for continued learning

Presented by:

Kat Foley, Mental Health Program Specialist – Mercy Ships

With a panel of expert international mentors

Credits: Mercy Ships Certificate

Requisites:

  1. Presented at no charge
  2. Device and Internet connection capable of Zoom video meetings
  3. WhatsApp
  4. Time commitment of at least 4 hours/week
  5. Prior successful completion of part 1 Basics of Mental Health 1 – Understanding People

Language: English

Dates: February 16, 2021 – April 13, 2021

Palliative Care Principles and Practices: a 10-week mentored problem-solving e-Learning course for health care workers managing palliative patients

Course Description: Health care workers often feel helpless when a disease cannot be cured or is life threatening. Palliative care takes another perspective, looking at the person behind the disease and aiming for the best quality of life, regardless of the nature of the disease.

In times of pandemics and/or limited resources the ethical dilemma about what to do for people who don’t qualify for advanced health care or don’t have the resources to pay for these services is expanding quickly. This palliative care course will introduce healthcare workers to an inexpensive, holistic specialty that gives them opportunities to answer the needs of suffering patients, their families and their health care workers, from diagnose to bereavement.

Course Goals:

  1. Describe what palliative care is and use the approach in their daily work
  2. Express the holistic needs of people with serious health-related suffering (SHS)
  3. Know and use management algorithms for common symptoms (physical, psychosocial and spiritual) in people with SHS
  4. Describe the basic ethical considerations with regards to delivering palliative care
  5. Recognize the signs of end-of-life, and manage patient and families at this stage
  6. Know and demonstrate the effective communication skills with patients and families about SHS, treatment decisions and end-of-life
  7. Explore and understand the impact of grief and loss in patients and families with SHS
  8. Explain the need for self-care and the different types, identify in themselves their level of holistic health and can exercise 2 different types of self-care
  9. Make a personal implementation plan of gained knowledge and experience
  10. Built a network with peers and mentors, to aid in implementing knowledge and experience in their health system, through support, encouragement and advice

Weekly Sessions:

  1. Orientation
  2. What is palliative care? Where and how can it be delivered?
  3. Pain and other common symptoms and emergencies of life-threatening illnesses and how to manage them.
  4. Psychosocial and spiritual issues in palliative care
  5. Ethical issues in palliative care
  6. End of life care and management
  7. Communication and breaking bad news
  8. Grief and bereavement
  9. Implementation of palliative care skills in the primary nursing context.

Wrap up and tools for continued learning

Presented by: Christina van der Zande, Programs Consultant Palliative Care – Mercy Ships

Mariam Ibrahim, Palliative Care Team Leader – Mercy Ships

With a panel of expert international mentors

Endorsements: Hospica Africa, Cairdeas International Palliative Care Trust, (Global Health Academy of the University of Edinburgh)

Credits: Mercy Ships Certificate

Requisites:

  1. Offered at no change
  2. Device and Internet connection capable of Zoom video meetings
  3. WhatsApp
  4. Time commitment of at least 4 hours/week

Language: English

Dates: October 7, 2020 – December 9, 2020
To be announced

Physiotherapy for Nurses 1 – Mobilizing Hospitalized Patients: an 8-week interactive and mentored e-Learning course for nurses

Course Description: This course will provide nurses with tools to safely and respectfully mobilize patients during any prolonged hospitalization. It encourages safe nursing practices and patient self-nurturing activities during hospitalization and thus prevent unnecessary loss of function due to contractures and loss of muscle strength and fitness.

Course Goals:

  1. The nurse understands which physical disorders and limitations and psychosocial problems hinder the patient to do self-nurturing activities and get out of bed.
  2. The nurse is able to formulate (smart) goals together with the patient, which enable the patient to do self-nurturing activities and get out of bed.
  3. The nurse is able to draw up a treatment plan together with the patient based on these goals, including the right exercises and the number of repetitions needed to achieve the goal.
  4. The nurse is able to reassure and motivate the patient to perform the exercises in the treatment plan daily.
  5. The nurse is able to involve present family as much as possible in the implementation of the treatment plan.
  6. The nurse is able to teach the exercises to the patient in the correct way and to perform the passive actions properly.

Weekly Sessions:

  1. Orientation
  2. Importance of Mobilizing Bedridden patients and movement analysis
  3. Nursing care plan and SMART goals and strengthening of the legs, glutes and abdominal muscles
  4. Strengthening the muscles of the upper extremity and upper back
  5. Breathing
  6. Physio-social obstructions
  7. Problem solving – discussions on problems participants face in practice

Wrap-up and tools for continued learning

Presented by: Karin de Haan

  • Physiotherapist from the Netherlands
  • Bachelor degree Physiotherapy
  • Specialized in Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehabilitation and Peripartum Pelvic Pain
  • Elder in the Free Evangelical Church

Credits: Mercy Ships Certificate

Requisites:

  1. Offered at no charge
  2. Device and Internet connection capable of Zoom video meetings
  3. WhatsApp
  4. Time commitment of at least 4 hours/week
  5. Practice partner

Language: English

Dates: to be announced

Critical Care Nursing 1 - Principles and Practices: an 8 week interactive facilitated eLearning course for nurses (Coming Soon)

Course Description: As a nurse, you are often responding to the needs of those who are critically ill. The choices you make can have serious life or death consequences. This 8-hour course will examine the role and responsibilities of the nurse in the limited resource critical care unit (CCU) setting to facilitate development of the skills, attitudes and critical thinking required to provide a high level of patient care. It is offered at no charge by Mercy Ships experts in critical care nursing in 8 weekly 1.5-hour sessions.

Course Goals:

  1. Enhance observational skills needed to identify the critically ill patient
  2. Enhance skills in managing the critically ill patient, specifically for COVID related illness
  3. Apply personal mental health strategies to support patients and reduce risk of personal burnout

Weekly Sessions:

  1. Orientation
  2. What is holistic care
  3. A – E Assessment of patients
  4. Medicine administration
  5. Infection prevention control
  6. Communication methods
  7. Presentation case study
  8. Final evaluation, Wrap-up and tools for continued learning

Presented by: Ali Herbert

  • Registered Nurse in the UK
  • Specialize in Operating Room and Anaesthetic Nursing
  • Served with Mercy Ships since 2008 and Samaritans Purse since 2010
  • Church warden in a local Anglican church
  • Passion is to share good practice with other nurses.

Requisites:

  1. Offered at no charge
  2. Device and Internet connection capable of Zoom video meetings
  3. WhatsApp
  4. Time commitment of at least 4 hours/week

Credits: Mercy Ships Certificate

Language: English

Dates: to be announced

Welcome to the Mercy Ships Africa Heart of Healthcare Learning Portal!

We’re glad you’re here.

Below you will find information about the training courses we are offering online.

Register your interest by filling out the form below and choosing the appropriate course.

Please be advised that all courses are only being offered in English at this time.

Health and Well-Being of the Caregiver during the COVID-19 Crisis: a 2 hour interactive facilitated eLearning course for caregivers

Course Description: Participants discuss strategies for maintaining personal safety and mental well-being and have the opportunity to discuss issues within their own settings and set their own goals and encourage others in practical applications. “This is a critical time to support both the mental, emotional as well as physical health of our West African colleagues as they are on the frontline of preparation within their own national healthcare situations.  It is important that they know they are not alone during this time when news of the virus in other parts of the world has created so much fear,” – Dr. Westman.

Course Goals:

  1. To see yourself and others as God sees His creation
  2. To learn new paradigms in self-care needed during this COVID crisis
  3. To be a positive change agent in healthy caregiving relationships

Presented by: Dr. Lyn Westman, Mental Health Program Consultant – Mercy Ships & Tributaries Int.

Requisites:

  1. Offered at no charge
  2. Device and Internet connection capable of Zoom video meeting

Credits: Mercy Ships Certificate

Language: French and English

Dates: May 22, 2020,  June 18, 2020,  July 21, 2020, TBA

Heart of the Caregiver: a 6-week facilitated e-Learning course providing caregivers with personal health and well-being strategies that facilitate effective caregiving relationships

Course Description: As a caregiver, you are responding to the need of those whose lives have been affected by disease, injury, and trauma. The choices you and I make as caregivers can build life and relationships, or the choices we make can be the source of pain and suffering for the very ones we intended to help. This program prepares you to be an even more effective part of your own care team in your home, your faith community, or your hospital.

Course Goals:

1. To see yourself and others as God sees His creation
2. To be a positive change agent in healthy caregiving relationships

Weekly Sessions:

1. Orientation
2. Physical health and safety of the caregiver
3. Emotional and spiritual health of the caregiver
4. Healthy coping mechanisms for caregivers
5. Consequences of poor coping mechanisms
6. Applications and personal goal setting
7. Wrap-up and tools for continued learning

Presented by: Kat Foley, Mental Health Program Consultant – Mercy Ships & Tributaries Int.

Requisites:

1. Offered at no charge
2. Device and Internet connection capable of Zoom video meeting
3. WhatsApp

Credits: Mercy Ships Certificate

Dates: To be announced

Basics of Mental Health 1 - Understanding People: a 7-week interactive and mentored eLearning course for medical professionals. the first of a 5 part series to introduce medical professionals to basic mental health concepts based on Dr. Lyn Westman’s textbook "Understanding People, Mental Health, and Trauma"

Course Description: Mercy Ships is committed to promoting hope and healing through global mental health programs. The “Understanding People” eLearning course is designed to help participants begin to develop a self-directed framework to better understand others and themselves in ways that help facilitate healthy change in relationships, communities, and organizations. In doing so, this course is meant to create safe places for conversations and peer support around mental health, trauma, and addressing stigma.

Course Goals:

  1. To better understand self and others using a series of mental-health models
  2. Using these models to develop a framework to understand people holistically, including their needs, awareness levels, thoughts, actions, behaviors, and motivations.
  3. To better understand self in ways that help facilitate healthy change in relationships, communities, or organizations

Weekly Sessions:

  1. Orientation
  2. Whole Person Model
  3. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
  4. Johari Window
  5. Behavior Process Model
  6. Change Model
  7. Wrap up

Presented by: Kat Foley, Mental Health Program Specialist – Mercy Ships
With a panel of expert international mentors

Requisites:

  1. Offered at no charge
  2. Device and Internet connection capable of Zoom video meetings
  3. WhatsApp
  4. Time commitment of at least 4 hours/week

Credits: Mercy Ships Certificate

Language: English

Dates: November 1, 2020 – December 15, 2020 | Tuesdays @ 2PM (GMT+1)
To be announced

Basics of Mental Health 2 – Understanding Stress: a 9-week interactive and mentored e-Learning course. The second of a 5 part series to introduce caregivers to basic mental health concepts based on Dr. Lyn Westman’s textbook “Understanding People, Mental Health and Trauma”

Course Description:

Mercy Ships is committed to promoting hope and healing through global mental health programs. The “Understanding Stress” interactive e-Learning course uses a combination of: high quality easy to understand materials developed by mental health professionals working in Africa, peer groups and expert mentors to help participants begin to develop a framework to better understand stress and facilitate healthy change in relationships, communities or organizations.

Course Goals:

  1. To better understand stress, its causes, and consequences
  2. To better understand wounds of the soul—Crisis, Grief, and/or Trauma
  3. To better understand potentially destructive responses to Stress

Weekly Sessions:

  1. Orientation
  2. What is Stress
  3. Internal vs External Stressors
  4. Crisis
  5. Grief
  6. Trauma
  7. Destructive Thoughts and Feelings
  8. Destructive Behaviors
  9. Wrap-up and tools for continued learning

Presented by:

Kat Foley, Mental Health Program Specialist – Mercy Ships

With a panel of expert international mentors

Credits: Mercy Ships Certificate

Requisites:

  1. Presented at no charge
  2. Device and Internet connection capable of Zoom video meetings
  3. WhatsApp
  4. Time commitment of at least 4 hours/week
  5. Prior successful completion of part 1 Basics of Mental Health 1 – Understanding People

Language: English

Dates: February 16, 2021 – April 13, 2021

Palliative Care Principles and Practices: a 10-week mentored problem-solving e-Learning course for health care workers managing palliative patients

Course Description: Health care workers often feel helpless when a disease cannot be cured or is life threatening. Palliative care takes another perspective, looking at the person behind the disease and aiming for the best quality of life, regardless of the nature of the disease.

In times of pandemics and/or limited resources the ethical dilemma about what to do for people who don’t qualify for advanced health care or don’t have the resources to pay for these services is expanding quickly. This palliative care course will introduce healthcare workers to an inexpensive, holistic specialty that gives them opportunities to answer the needs of suffering patients, their families and their health care workers, from diagnose to bereavement.

Course Goals:

  1. Describe what palliative care is and use the approach in their daily work
  2. Express the holistic needs of people with serious health-related suffering (SHS)
  3. Know and use management algorithms for common symptoms (physical, psychosocial and spiritual) in people with SHS
  4. Describe the basic ethical considerations with regards to delivering palliative care
  5. Recognize the signs of end-of-life, and manage patient and families at this stage
  6. Know and demonstrate the effective communication skills with patients and families about SHS, treatment decisions and end-of-life
  7. Explore and understand the impact of grief and loss in patients and families with SHS
  8. Explain the need for self-care and the different types, identify in themselves their level of holistic health and can exercise 2 different types of self-care
  9. Make a personal implementation plan of gained knowledge and experience
  10. Built a network with peers and mentors, to aid in implementing knowledge and experience in their health system, through support, encouragement and advice

Weekly Sessions:

  1. Orientation
  2. What is palliative care? Where and how can it be delivered?
  3. Pain and other common symptoms and emergencies of life-threatening illnesses and how to manage them.
  4. Psychosocial and spiritual issues in palliative care
  5. Ethical issues in palliative care
  6. End of life care and management
  7. Communication and breaking bad news
  8. Grief and bereavement
  9. Implementation of palliative care skills in the primary nursing context.

Wrap up and tools for continued learning

Presented by: Christina van der Zande, Programs Consultant Palliative Care – Mercy Ships

Mariam Ibrahim, Palliative Care Team Leader – Mercy Ships

With a panel of expert international mentors

Endorsements: Hospica Africa, Cairdeas International Palliative Care Trust, (Global Health Academy of the University of Edinburgh)

Credits: Mercy Ships Certificate

Requisites:

  1. Offered at no change
  2. Device and Internet connection capable of Zoom video meetings
  3. WhatsApp
  4. Time commitment of at least 4 hours/week

Language: English

Dates: October 7, 2020 – December 9, 2020
To be announced

Physiotherapy for Nurses 1 – Mobilizing Hospitalized Patients: an 8-week interactive and mentored e-Learning course for nurses

Course Description: This course will provide nurses with tools to safely and respectfully mobilize patients during any prolonged hospitalization. It encourages safe nursing practices and patient self-nurturing activities during hospitalization and thus prevent unnecessary loss of function due to contractures and loss of muscle strength and fitness.

Course Goals:

  1. The nurse understands which physical disorders and limitations and psychosocial problems hinder the patient to do self-nurturing activities and get out of bed.
  2. The nurse is able to formulate (smart) goals together with the patient, which enable the patient to do self-nurturing activities and get out of bed.
  3. The nurse is able to draw up a treatment plan together with the patient based on these goals, including the right exercises and the number of repetitions needed to achieve the goal.
  4. The nurse is able to reassure and motivate the patient to perform the exercises in the treatment plan daily.
  5. The nurse is able to involve present family as much as possible in the implementation of the treatment plan.
  6. The nurse is able to teach the exercises to the patient in the correct way and to perform the passive actions properly.

Weekly Sessions:

  1. Orientation
  2. Importance of Mobilizing Bedridden patients and movement analysis
  3. Nursing care plan and SMART goals and strengthening of the legs, glutes and abdominal muscles
  4. Strengthening the muscles of the upper extremity and upper back
  5. Breathing
  6. Physio-social obstructions
  7. Problem solving – discussions on problems participants face in practice

Wrap-up and tools for continued learning

Presented by: Karin de Haan

  • Physiotherapist from the Netherlands
  • Bachelor degree Physiotherapy
  • Specialized in Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehabilitation and Peripartum Pelvic Pain
  • Elder in the Free Evangelical Church

Credits: Mercy Ships Certificate

Requisites:

  1. Offered at no charge
  2. Device and Internet connection capable of Zoom video meetings
  3. WhatsApp
  4. Time commitment of at least 4 hours/week
  5. Practice partner

Language: English

Dates: to be announced

Critical Care Nursing 1 - Principles and Practices: an 8 week interactive facilitated eLearning course for nurses (Coming Soon)

Course Description: As a nurse, you are often responding to the needs of those who are critically ill. The choices you make can have serious life or death consequences. This 8-hour course will examine the role and responsibilities of the nurse in the limited resource critical care unit (CCU) setting to facilitate development of the skills, attitudes and critical thinking required to provide a high level of patient care. It is offered at no charge by Mercy Ships experts in critical care nursing in 8 weekly 1.5-hour sessions.

Course Goals:

  1. Enhance observational skills needed to identify the critically ill patient
  2. Enhance skills in managing the critically ill patient, specifically for COVID related illness
  3. Apply personal mental health strategies to support patients and reduce risk of personal burnout

Weekly Sessions:

  1. Orientation
  2. What is holistic care
  3. A – E Assessment of patients
  4. Medicine administration
  5. Infection prevention control
  6. Communication methods
  7. Presentation case study
  8. Final evaluation, Wrap-up and tools for continued learning

Presented by: Ali Herbert

  • Registered Nurse in the UK
  • Specialize in Operating Room and Anaesthetic Nursing
  • Served with Mercy Ships since 2008 and Samaritans Purse since 2010
  • Church warden in a local Anglican church
  • Passion is to share good practice with other nurses.

Requisites:

  1. Offered at no charge
  2. Device and Internet connection capable of Zoom video meetings
  3. WhatsApp
  4. Time commitment of at least 4 hours/week

Credits: Mercy Ships Certificate

Language: English

Dates: to be announced

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