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 class 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.

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

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

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

Basics of Mental Health 1 - Understanding People: 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.

Presented by: Kat Foley, Mental Health Program Specialist – Mercy Ships

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

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

Palliative Care Principles and Practices: a nine-week problem-solving course for health care workers managing patients in the COVID-19 crisis and/or 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.

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

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

Dates: October 7, 2020 – December 9, 2020

Physiotherapy interventions in nursing care to mobilize patients during a hospitalization: a 7 week interactive facilitated eLearning course (Coming Soon)

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.

Presented by: Karin de Haan

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.

Dates: to be announced

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

Course Description: in development

Presented by: Ali Herbert

Course Goals: in development

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 class 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.

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

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

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

Basics of Mental Health 1 - Understanding People: 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.

Presented by: Kat Foley, Mental Health Program Specialist – Mercy Ships

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

Dates: To be announced

Palliative Care Principles and Practices: a nine-week problem-solving course for health care workers managing patients in the COVID-19 crisis and/or 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.

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

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

Dates: October 7, 2020 – December 9, 2020

Physiotherapy interventions in nursing care to mobilize patients during a hospitalization: a 7 week interactive facilitated eLearning course (Coming Soon)

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.

Presented by: Karin de Haan

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.

Dates: to be announced

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

Course Description: in development

Presented by: Ali Herbert

Course Goals: in development

Dates: to be announced

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