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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

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

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

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

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

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

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

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

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

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

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 introduces patient self-nurturing activities to aid in the prevention of unnecessary loss of function due to contractures, breathlessness and loss of muscle strength and fitness.

Training Components/ attributes/methods:

_ 100% self-paced study

mentored

online

small groups

_ projects

_ wet lab

_ simulation

case study

_ webinar

_ onboard a Mercy Ship

_ onsite/local hospital

 √ offered free of charge

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 nursing care 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 nursing care plan daily.
  5. The nurse is able to involve present family as much as possible in the implementation of the nursing care 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 issues and breathing therapy
  6. Psycho-social obstructions
  7. Problem solving – discussions on problems participants face in practice
  8. 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

With a panel of expert international mentors

Audience: nurses

Selection Process: Please submit online interest/registration form

Requisites:

  1. Device and Internet connection capable of Zoom video meetings
  2. WhatsApp
  3. Time commitment of at least 4 hours/week
  4. Practice partner

Assessment: pre and post course interview

Participant hours: 32

Credits: Mercy Ships Certificate

Dates: to be announced

Location: Online

Language: English

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

Course Description:

This course will provide nurses with tools to safely and respectfully mobilize Covid-19 patients during any prolonged hospitalization. It encourages safe nursing practices and introduces patient self-nurturing activities to aid in the prevention of unnecessary loss of function due to contractures, breathlessness and loss of muscle strength and fitness.

Training Components/ attributes/methods:

_ 100% self-paced study

mentored

online

small groups

_ projects

_ wet lab

_ simulation

case study

_ webinar

_ onboard a Mercy Ship

_ onsite/local hospital

 √ offered free of charge

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 nursing care 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 nursing care plan daily.
  5. The nurse is able to involve present family as much as possible in the implementation of the nursing care 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 Covid-19 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 issues and therapy for Covid-19 patients
  6. Psycho-social obstructions
  7. Problem solving – discussions on problems participants face in practice
  8. 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

With a panel of expert international mentors

Audience: nurses

Selection Process: Please submit online interest/registration form

Requisites:

  1. Device and Internet connection capable of Zoom video meetings
  2. WhatsApp
  3. Time commitment of at least 4 hours/week
  4. Practice partner

Assessment: pre and post course interview

Participant hours: 32

Credits: Mercy Ships Certificate

Date: 7 September 2021 – 26 October 2021

Location: Online

Language: English

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

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

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

Description: Course is designed to optimize the role of rural medical providers in the diagnosis and management of basic eye disease

Training Components/ attributes/methods:

_ 100% self-paced study

mentored

online

 _ small groups

_ projects

_ wet lab

_ simulation

_ case study

_ webinar

_ onboard a Mercy Ship

_ onsite/local hospital

 √ offered free of charge

Course Goals:

  1. Optimize the role of rural medical providers in the diagnosis and management of basic eye disease
  2. Set parameters in which primary care providers can safely address eye care needs
  3. Build confidence in management and referral of patients with eye disease.

Sessions:

Week 1: Periorbital disease

Welcome, team presentation, devotional

Introductions, course orientation, pretest (30 minutes)

Ocular anatomy

Periorbital Disease:

Acute and chronic blepharitis

Lid trauma

Ectropion, entropion, trichiasis

Chalazion

Orbital cellulitis

Herpes/ Zona

Week 2: Ocular history and examination

Ocular history

Ocular examination overview (lid, orbit, conjunctiva, cornea, visual acuity, pupil)

Examination techniques for lids and orbit, proper hand washing/gloving, palpation, lid eversion exercise-cotton tip swabs

Case presentation

Questions and answers

Review

Week 3: External disease and injury

Devotion time

External Disease: conjunctiva and cornea

Acute and chronic conjunctivitis including vernal, viral, and bacterial

conjunctivitis

Allergic conjunctivitis

Dry eyes

Pterygium, corneal foreign body, corneal injury, corneal ulcers

Blunt trauma and penetrating injury

Examination techniques for conjunctiva and cornea

Week 4: examination techniques

Case presentations

Visual acuity examination, visual field test, pupil examination, cranial         nerve (3,4,5,6,7)

Questions and answers

Review

Week 5: Anterior segment and related systemic diseases   

Vitamin A deficiency

Trachoma

Cataract, Glaucoma, and diagnostic strategies including pupil and visual examination

Vascular diseases including hypertensive and diabetic retinopathy

Leprosy, Onchocerciasis

Iritis, Acute glaucoma

Week 6: Wrap -up

Case presentations

Review

Quiz

Wrap up and final evaluation (45 minutes)

          Presentation of certificate (participation) attestation?

Presented by:  Dr. Guy Chevalley Sept 2020

Audience: Primary Care Physicians

Selection Process: Please submit an online interest form

Requisites:

  • Stable internet connection

Assessment:

   Participant – Pre and Post skills evaluation and cognitive evaluation quiz

Workshop – evaluation survey

Participant hours: 18

Credits: Mercy Ships Certificate

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Schedule:

Date                                      Location                         Language

to be announced                 online                              English or French

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

Description:

This course provides an in depth review of all important tools and algorithms for proper diagnosis and management of eye disease. The focus is on skills and management that is appropriate for low resources areas.

Training Components/ attributes/methods:

_ 100% self-paced study

_ mentored

online

 _ small groups

_ projects

_ wet lab

_ simulation

_ case study

webinar

_ onboard a Mercy Ship

_ onsite/local hospital

 √ offered free of charge

Course Goals:

  1. To enable primary eye care providers to accurately diagnose the most common eye care problems in sub Saharan Africa.
  2. To improve the diagnostic skills of eye care workers working in collaboration with specialty consultants
  3. To build strength in the best of patient care attitudes

Sessions:

Day 1: Periorbital disease, ocular history and examination 6 hours

Morning session: 3 hours

Welcome, team presentation, devotional

Introductions, course orientation, pretest (30 minutes)

Ocular anatomy

Periorbital Disease:

Acute and chronic blepharitis

Lid trauma

Ectropion, entropion, trichiasis

Chalazion

Orbital cellulitis

Herpes/ Zona

Afternoon session: 3 hours

Ocular history

Ocular examination overview (lid, orbit, conjunctiva, cornea, visual acuity, pupil)

Examination techniques for lids and orbit, proper hand washing/gloving, palpation, lid eversion exercise-cotton tip swabs

Case presentation

Questions and answers

Review

Day 2: External disease and injury, examination techniques 6 hours

Morning session: 3 hours

Devotion time

External Disease: conjunctiva and cornea

Acute and chronic conjunctivitis including vernal, viral, and bacterial conjunctivitis

Allergic conjunctivitis

Dry eyes

Pterygium, corneal foreign body, corneal injury, corneal ulcers

Blunt trauma and penetrating injury

Examination techniques for conjunctiva and cornea

Afternoon session: 3 hours

Case presentations

Visual acuity examination, visual field test, pupil examination, cranial nerve (3,4,5,6,7)

Questions and answers

Review

Day 3: Anterior segment and related systemic diseases     6 hours

Morning session: 3 hours

Vitamin A deficiency

Trachoma

Cataract, Glaucoma, and diagnostic strategies including pupil and visual examination

Vascular diseases including hypertensive and diabetic retinopathy

Leprosy, Onchocerciasis

Iritis, Acute glaucoma

Afternoon session: 3 hours

Case presentations

Review

Quiz

Wrap up and final evaluation (45 minutes)

          Presentation of certificate (participation) attestation?

Presented by:  Dr. Eppe (Cameroon) Nov 2019

Audience: Primary Care Physicians

Selection Process: Please submit an online interest form

Requisites:

Stable internet connection

Assessment:

   Participant – Pre and Post skills evaluation and cognitive evaluation quiz

Workshop – evaluation survey

Participant hours: 18

Credits: Mercy Ships Certificate

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Schedule:

Date                                      Location                             Language

to be announced                 online                                  English or French

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

Course Description:

This is part 1 of a three part series. Part 1 is a 1 day course designed to assist healthcare professionals with assessing and treating pain. It is presented in a traditional classroom setting and includes case scenario discussions.

(The complete 3 part series utilizes the Training-of-Trainers approach to train healthcare professionals by identifying key trainers among initial course participants and utilizing these new trainers in subsequent courses. The Essential Pain management series includes one day of initial training in pain management, followed by one day of “Training-of-Trainers”. The newly trained trainers will then have the opportunity to assist in teaching the initial course material to others under the supervision of the course facilitators.)

Training Components/ attributes/methods:

_ 100% self-paced study

_ mentored

_ online

 √ in person

 √ small groups

_ projects

_ wet lab

_ simulation

case study

_ webinar

_ onboard a Mercy Ship

onsite/local hospital

 √ offered free of charge

accredited

Course Goals:

  1. improve pain knowledge
  2. establish a framework for managing pain
  3. address pain management barriers

Sessions:

  1. What is pain?
  2. Why should we treat pain?
  3. Classification of Pain
  4. Physiology and Pathology
  5. Barriers to Pain Management
  6. Basic approach to pain management
  7. How to assess severity of pain?
  8. Pain management examples and case-based discussions

Presented by:

Dr. Odry Agbessi (Benin)

Dr. Helen Makins (UK)

Audience: doctors, nurses, anesthesia providers and medical students

Selection Process: In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, facilitators will identify and select appropriate participants for each initial course (Essential Pain Management part 1).

Please complete the online interest form to be considered. Course facilitators, in collaboration with hospital leadership, will select the participants for the subsequent Training-of-Trainers (part 2) and opportunity to help train others (part 3) .

Requisites: This training is aimed at surgeons, nurses and anesthesia providers who are managing post-operative pain.

Other medical professionals may also attend if space permits.

Endorsements: Run in partnership with EPM UK Working Group of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anesthetists (ANZCA) –   Faculty of Pain Medicine, approved by the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiology (WFSA).

Assessment: pre and post course assessments

Participant hours: 7

Credits: Mercy Ships Attendance Certificate

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Schedule:

Date                                      Location                                                  Language

April 2021                             Benin                                                         French

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

Course Description: This is part 2 of a three part series. Part 2 is a 1 day course designed to equip selected healthcare professionals, who have completed part 1, with teaching skills to help them train others.

It is presented in a traditional classroom setting and includes case scenario discussions.

(The complete 3 part series utilizes the Training-of-Trainers approach to train healthcare professionals by identifying key trainers among initial course participants and utilizing these new trainers in subsequent courses. The Essential Pain management series includes one day of initial training in pain management, followed by one day of “Training-of-Trainers”. The newly trained trainers will then have the opportunity to assist in teaching the initial course material to others under the supervision of the course facilitators.)

Training Components/ attributes/methods:

_ 100% self-paced study

_ mentored

_ online

 √ in person

 √ small groups

_ projects

_ wet lab

_ simulation

case study

_ webinar

_ onboard a Mercy Ship

onsite/local hospital

 √ offered free of charge

accredited

Course Goals:

To equip medical professionals with teaching skills to be able to teach others in essential pain management

Sessions:

  1. Introduction
  2. Giving a lecture
  3. Presentation skills
  4. Leading a discussion
  5. Scenario teaching

Presented by:

Mercy Ships in partnership with EPM UK Working Group of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anesthetists (ANZCA) –   Faculty of Pain Medicine

Audience: selected healthcare professionals who have completed Essential Pain Management part 1

Selection Process:

Course facilitators, in collaboration with hospital leadership, will select the participants for Essential Pain Management – Part 2 Training of Trainers.

Facilitators identify these participants based on their performance on skills and knowledge assessment, observations of their performance and the availability of the participants to present these courses to their colleagues.

Requisites:

  • Completion with excellence of Essential Pain Management – part 1
  • Special invitation of course facilitators
  • Interest and availability to present the Essential Pain Management Course to colleagues

Endorsements: Run in partnership with EPM UK Working Group of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anesthetists (ANZCA) –   Faculty of Pain Medicine, approved by the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiology (WFSA).

Assessment: pre and post course assessments

Participant hours: 5

Credits: Mercy Ships Attendance Certificate

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Schedule:

Date                                      Location                                               Language

April 2021                             Benin                                                      French

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

Course Description: This is part 3 of a three part series. Part 3 provides an opportunity for new trainers to gain experience training others the Essentials of Pain management with the help and supervision of course facilitators. Participants in part 3 lead classroom sessions and discussion topics.

(The complete 3 part series utilizes the Training-of-Trainers approach to train healthcare professionals by identifying key trainers among initial course participants and utilizing these new trainers in subsequent courses. The Essential Pain management series includes one day of initial training in pain management, followed by one day of “Training-of-Trainers”. The newly trained trainers will then have the opportunity to assist in teaching the initial course material to others under the supervision of the course facilitators.)

Training Components/ attributes/methods:

_ 100% self-paced study

_ mentored

_ online

 √ in person

 √ small groups

_ projects

_ wet lab

_ simulation

case study

_ webinar

_ onboard a Mercy Ship

onsite/local hospital

 √ offered free of charge

accredited

Course Goal:

To successfully train other healthcare professionals in Essential Pain Management

Sessions:

Same as Part 1, under guidance of course facilitators

  1. What is pain?
  2. Why should we treat pain?
  3. Classification of Pain
  4. Physiology and Pathology
  5. Barriers to Pain Management
  6. Basic approach to pain management
  7. How to assess severity of pain?
  8. Pain management examples and case-based discussions

Presented by:

Mercy Ships in partnership with EPM UK Working Group of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anesthetists (ANZCA) –   Faculty of Pain Medicine

Audience: selected health care professionals who have completed Essential Pain Management part 1 and part 2

Selection Process:

Course facilitators, in collaboration with hospital leadership, will select the participants for Essential Pain Management – Part 3 Training of Others.

Facilitators identify these participants based on their performance on skills and knowledge assessment, observations of their performance in part 1 and part 2 and the availability of the participants to present these courses to their colleagues.

Requisites:

  • Completion with excellence of Essential Pain Management – part 1 and part 2
  • Special invitation of course facilitators
  • Interest and availability to present the Essential Pain Management Course to colleagues

Endorsements: Run in partnership with EPM UK Working Group of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anesthetists (ANZCA) –   Faculty of Pain Medicine, approved by the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiology (WFSA).

Assessment: pre and post course assessments

Participant hours: 7

Credits: Mercy Ships Attendance Certificate

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Schedule:

Date                                             Location                                  Language

April 2021                                    Benin                                        French

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

Course Description: this is part 1 of a 2 part series and includes 5-days of training in sensitization and awareness of palliative care provided by trainers from Hospice Africa, the palliative care team from Mercy Ships and in country Trainers/Facilitators.

This course includes Interactive lectures, small groups, simulation and home visits

Training Components/ attributes/methods:

_ 100% self-paced study

_ mentored

_ online

small groups

_ projects

_wet lab

 √ simulation

case study

_ webinar

_ onboard a Mercy Ship

onsite/local hospital

 √ offered free of charge

Course Goals:

To improve the participant’s skills and abilities in palliative care

Sessions:

  1. Background to Holistic care
  2. The role of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy
  3. Communication
  4. Management of pain (holistic)
  5. Assessment, management and control of symptoms in HIV/AIDS and cancer
  6. Palliative care emergencies
  7. Management of death, dying and bereavement
  8. Referral systems and Networking

Presented by: Mariam Ibrahim (Palliative Care Team Leader- Mercy Ships), Christina van der Zande (Palliative Care Consultant- Mercy Ships),

Audience: This training is aimed at Health professionals (Nurses, Doctors, clinical officers), Allied Health professionals (Pharmacists, Social Workers), Community Volunteer Workers (Lay people selected by the community who identify and refer or assist patients with health issues within the community), Spiritual/Religious Leaders who have a major role in palliative care, and Traditional Healers/ Practitioners.

Selection Process: In collaboration with the Ministry of Health of the host country, Mercy Ships will identify and select appropriate participants for this course.

Please complete an interest/registration form for consideration.

Requisites:

  1. Keen to learn, have an aptitude to take on new ideas and a sensitivity to people who are in pain and going through Serious Health related Suffering (SHS).
  2. Completed Mercy Ships interest form
  3. Must be fluent in the language the course is offered in (see schedule).

Endorsements: Hospice Africa, Ministry of Heath

Assessment: Pre and Post course Test

Participant hours: 30 course hours

Credits: Mercy Ships Certificate

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Schedule:

Date                         Location                                                    Language

5-10 July   2021       Hotel Colonia, Dakar, Senegal                French

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

Course Description:

 Part 2 of a 2 part series has a mentoring trajectory consisting of:

  • A 5-day course on teaching and implementation of palliative care.
  • Mentoring on execution of a participant’s project plan.
  • Participation as a trainer in a future sensitization course.

This training will be provided by trainers from Hospice Africa, alumni from the previous course the palliative care team from Mercy Ships and in country or local Trainers/Facilitators. The course may include interactive lectures and may include home visits as well as other training components listed below

Training Components/ attributes/methods:

_ 100% self-paced study

  mentored

_ online

small groups

projects

_wet lab

simulation

case study

_ webinar

_ onboard a Mercy Ship

onsite/local hospital

 √ offered free of charge

Course Goals:

To help participants improve, implement and transfer their knowledge, skills and abilities in palliative care.

Sessions:

  1. Introduction to the course
  2. Approaches to adult learning
  3. Learning styles and Theories of Learning
  4. Systemic Approach to learning
  5. Action Planning
  6. Identification of training needs
  7. Setting goals and objectives
  8. Teaching Methodologies
  9. Lesson Planning
  10. Communication skills and presentation skills
  11. Assessing, monitoring and evaluation training
  12. Designing and implementing a palliative care program

Presented by: Mariam Ibrahim (Palliative Care Team Leader- Mercy Ships), Christina van der Zande (Palliative Care Consultant- Mercy Ships), Trainers from Hospice Africa, in country Trainers /Facilitators.

Audience: This training is aimed at Health professionals (Nurses, Doctors, clinical officers), Allied Health professionals (Pharmacists, Social Workers), Community Volunteer Workers (Lay people selected by the community who identify and refer or assist patients with health issues within the community), Spiritual/Religious Leaders who have a major role in palliative care, and Traditional Healers/Practitioners, who were part of the sensitization course and are passionate and interested in implementing and transferring knowledge in palliative care.

Selection Process: In collaboration with the Ministry of Health Mercy Ships will identify and select appropriate participants for this course.

Participant will be selected from participants who completed PC2.1 Introduction to Palliative Care part 1- sensitization.

Requisites:

  1. Keen to learn, have an aptitude to take on new ideas and a sensitivity to people who are in pain and going through Serious Health related Suffering (SHS).
  2. Keen to transfer knowledge and implement palliative care.
  3. Completed Mercy Ships interest form.
  4. Completion of the sensitization course.
  5. Must be fluent in language course is offered in (see schedule below)

Endorsements: Hospice Africa and the Ministry of Health

Assessment: Short teaching session from participants, evaluation with an audit form from Hospice Africa.

Participant hours: 25 course hours (Teaching session) and 20 hours mentoring per institution.

Credits: Mercy Ships Certificate

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Schedule:

Date                                      Location                                                   Language

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

Course Description:

Mercy Ships in partnership with MedAid International or Optimum Biomedical offer a Capacity Building Program in Biomedical Equipment Technology. This training is an intense 8-week full time course. The eight weeks are broken into two and three weeks “blocks” of classes over a 3- month period. This training includes classroom lectures, practical training, homework, and examinations both practical and theoretical. Course content has been revised to include teaching on anesthesia equipment. Upon completion, participants will be presented with a Certificate of Completion. Topics may include but are not limited to the sessions listed below.

In addition, toolkit is provided to each participant at end of the project. The 8-week program is followed by a mentoring program at the hospitals of as many of the participants as possible, either individually or collectively, to reinforce the teaching and provide support.

Training Components/ attributes/methods:

_ 100% self-paced study

mentored

_ online

in person

_ small groups

_ projects

_ wet lab

_ simulation

_ case study

_ webinar

_ onboard a Mercy Ship

_ onsite/local hospital

_ offered free of charge

accredited

Course Goals:

Biomedical Technicians acquire the knowledge, skills, and professional attitude needed to ensure safe and quality repairs of medical equipment at their hospitals.

Sessions:  Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Electrical safety
  • Personal safety and first aid
  • Test equipment
  • Safety testing
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Cardiac anatomy and physiology
  • Electrocardiography
  • Bioelectric impulses and the cardiac cycle
  • Defibrillators and shockable arrhythmias
  • Patient monitoring
  • Temperature control
  • Oxygen control
  • Maintenance
  • Ultrasonography
  • Infusion systems
  • Surgical diathermy
  • Electronics
  • Circuits
  • Working with schematics
  • Anesthesia and ventilation
  • Infection control
  • Decontamination and sterilization 

Presented by:  Emmanuel Essah – Mercy Ships

in partnership with MedAid International or Optimum Biomedical

Audience: Biomedical Technician/Biomedical Engineers

Selection Process:

The Head/Director of the Healthcare Technology Management at the MoH will select participants for this training. The Biomedical Project Manager from Mercy Ships will have an interview with each of the participants to ensure that they have the minimum knowledge and skills required to successfully go through the program. The Mercy Ships Biomed Project Manager may also decide to visit potential participants’ hospitals to better understand the environment where they work and to better prepare for the biomedical training. For this program, a certain level of Knowledge in Electronics, Electrical and mathematics is required from the participants.

Requisites:

  • Minimum: High School (GED Level).
  • Current employment as a biomedical technician/ biomedical engineer in a hospital setting
  • This is an intense course. To successfully finish the program, the participants must have:
  1. A strong interest in engineering and medicine.
  2. The ability to think analytically and solve problems.
  3. An aptitude for science and mathematics.
  4. The ability to visualize complex processes and equipment.
  5. Good oral and written communication skills.

Endorsements: Course accredited by CPD (Continuing Professional Development) – UK

Assessment:

  • Interview before the training
  • Pre-course test
  • post course test

Participant hours: (depend on the country): 240Hrs

Credits: CPD accredited, Certificate of Completion

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Schedule:

Date                                      City                       Country                   Language

2021

June 10 – June 11               Monrovia              Liberia                       English

June 14 – June 15               Monrovia              Liberia                       English

June 17 – June 18               Monrovia              Liberia                       English

June 21 – July 16                 Monrovia             Liberia                        English

July 26 – August 20            Monrovia              Liberia                       English

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

Course Description:

The Biomedical Technician Mentoring Program gives an opportunity to the Mercy Ships Biomedical Program Manager /Mentor to spend time with the participants in their own context/hospital.

It is also an opportunity for the participants to have one on one with the Biomedical Program Mentor where the participants get to ask any questions they might have from the training. Participants also learn how to put into practice the skills that they have learned during the training. While the Biomedical Program Mentor visits the hospitals, he uses the same opportunity to encourage the participants and also advocate for them to their leadership to restore the relationship or the trust that might have be disrupted before they have been trained. Sometimes, because these local biomed were not able to repair equipment in their hospital, trust is disrupted. During our time in the hospitals, we used that opportunity to advocate for them knowing they had just been equipped by our biomed training. The Biomedical Mentoring Program of Mercy Ships is not a standardized program. The Activities of each Mentoring session in a hospital varies based on the specific needs of the hospital visited.

Training Components/ attributes/methods:

_ 100% self-paced study

mentored

_ online

in person

_ small groups

projects

_ wet lab

simulation

_case study

_ webinar

_ onboard a Mercy Ship

_ onsite/local hospital

offered free of charge

accredited

Course Goals:

  • Gain practical advice, encouragement, and support
  • Learn from the experiences of Mercy Ships Biomed Project Manager
  • Increase social and professional confidence
  • Become more empowered to make decisions
  • Develop communication and personal skills
  • Maintain a network of biomedical technicians in the country.

Sessions: The Biomedical Mentoring Program of Mercy Ships is not a standardized program. The Activities of each Mentoring session in a hospital varies based on the specific needs of the hospital visited.

Presented by:  Emmanuel Essah – Mercy Ships

in partnership with MedAid International or Optimum Biomedical

Audience: local biomeds who have completed BM1

Selection Process: Open only to biomeds who have been previously selected for and completed BM1

Requisites:

  • fluency in listed language (see schedule below)
  • prior completion of BM1
  • current employment as a Biomedical technician at a local hospital

Endorsements: Course accredited by CPD (Continuing Professional Development) – UK

Assessment: example: pre and post course interview

Participant hours: 16-24 hours based on participant’s level

Credits:  Considered part of Biomed training program no additional separate certificate issued for participation in mentoring component

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Schedule:

2021

Date                                      Location                                                   Language
June 4-8                                 Monrovia, Liberia                                    English

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

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.

Please click on a course for more information and to find a link to express your interest in participating.

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

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

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

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

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

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

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

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

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

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

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 introduces patient self-nurturing activities to aid in the prevention of unnecessary loss of function due to contractures, breathlessness and loss of muscle strength and fitness.

Training Components/ attributes/methods:

_ 100% self-paced study

mentored

online

small groups

_ projects

_ wet lab

_ simulation

case study

_ webinar

_ onboard a Mercy Ship

_ onsite/local hospital

 √ offered free of charge

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 nursing care 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 nursing care plan daily.
  5. The nurse is able to involve present family as much as possible in the implementation of the nursing care 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 issues and breathing therapy
  6. Psycho-social obstructions
  7. Problem solving – discussions on problems participants face in practice
  8. 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

With a panel of expert international mentors

Audience: nurses

Selection Process: Please submit online interest/registration form

Requisites:

  1. Device and Internet connection capable of Zoom video meetings
  2. WhatsApp
  3. Time commitment of at least 4 hours/week
  4. Practice partner

Assessment: pre and post course interview

Participant hours: 32

Credits: Mercy Ships Certificate

Dates: to be announced

Location: Online

Language: English

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

Course Description:

This course will provide nurses with tools to safely and respectfully mobilize Covid-19 patients during any prolonged hospitalization. It encourages safe nursing practices and introduces patient self-nurturing activities to aid in the prevention of unnecessary loss of function due to contractures, breathlessness and loss of muscle strength and fitness.

Training Components/ attributes/methods:

_ 100% self-paced study

mentored

online

small groups

_ projects

_ wet lab

_ simulation

case study

_ webinar

_ onboard a Mercy Ship

_ onsite/local hospital

 √ offered free of charge

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 nursing care 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 nursing care plan daily.
  5. The nurse is able to involve present family as much as possible in the implementation of the nursing care 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 Covid-19 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 issues and therapy for Covid-19 patients
  6. Psycho-social obstructions
  7. Problem solving – discussions on problems participants face in practice
  8. 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

With a panel of expert international mentors

Audience: nurses

Selection Process: Please submit online interest/registration form

Requisites:

  1. Device and Internet connection capable of Zoom video meetings
  2. WhatsApp
  3. Time commitment of at least 4 hours/week
  4. Practice partner

Assessment: pre and post course interview

Participant hours: 32

Credits: Mercy Ships Certificate

Date: 7 September 2021 – 26 October 2021

Location: Online

Language: English

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

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

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

Description: Course is designed to optimize the role of rural medical providers in the diagnosis and management of basic eye disease

Training Components/ attributes/methods:

_ 100% self-paced study

mentored

online

 _ small groups

_ projects

_ wet lab

_ simulation

_ case study

_ webinar

_ onboard a Mercy Ship

_ onsite/local hospital

 √ offered free of charge

Course Goals:

  1. Optimize the role of rural medical providers in the diagnosis and management of basic eye disease
  2. Set parameters in which primary care providers can safely address eye care needs
  3. Build confidence in management and referral of patients with eye disease.

Sessions:

Week 1: Periorbital disease

Welcome, team presentation, devotional

Introductions, course orientation, pretest (30 minutes)

Ocular anatomy

Periorbital Disease:

Acute and chronic blepharitis

Lid trauma

Ectropion, entropion, trichiasis

Chalazion

Orbital cellulitis

Herpes/ Zona

Week 2: Ocular history and examination

Ocular history

Ocular examination overview (lid, orbit, conjunctiva, cornea, visual acuity, pupil)

Examination techniques for lids and orbit, proper hand washing/gloving, palpation, lid eversion exercise-cotton tip swabs

Case presentation

Questions and answers

Review

Week 3: External disease and injury

Devotion time

External Disease: conjunctiva and cornea

Acute and chronic conjunctivitis including vernal, viral, and bacterial

conjunctivitis

Allergic conjunctivitis

Dry eyes

Pterygium, corneal foreign body, corneal injury, corneal ulcers

Blunt trauma and penetrating injury

Examination techniques for conjunctiva and cornea

Week 4: examination techniques

Case presentations

Visual acuity examination, visual field test, pupil examination, cranial         nerve (3,4,5,6,7)

Questions and answers

Review

Week 5: Anterior segment and related systemic diseases   

Vitamin A deficiency

Trachoma

Cataract, Glaucoma, and diagnostic strategies including pupil and visual examination

Vascular diseases including hypertensive and diabetic retinopathy

Leprosy, Onchocerciasis

Iritis, Acute glaucoma

Week 6: Wrap -up

Case presentations

Review

Quiz

Wrap up and final evaluation (45 minutes)

          Presentation of certificate (participation) attestation?

Presented by:  Dr. Guy Chevalley Sept 2020

Audience: Primary Care Physicians

Selection Process: Please submit an online interest form

Requisites:

  • Stable internet connection

Assessment:

   Participant – Pre and Post skills evaluation and cognitive evaluation quiz

Workshop – evaluation survey

Participant hours: 18

Credits: Mercy Ships Certificate

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Schedule:

Date                                      Location                         Language

to be announced                 online                              English or French

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

Description:

This course provides an in depth review of all important tools and algorithms for proper diagnosis and management of eye disease. The focus is on skills and management that is appropriate for low resources areas.

Training Components/ attributes/methods:

_ 100% self-paced study

_ mentored

online

 _ small groups

_ projects

_ wet lab

_ simulation

_ case study

webinar

_ onboard a Mercy Ship

_ onsite/local hospital

 √ offered free of charge

Course Goals:

  1. To enable primary eye care providers to accurately diagnose the most common eye care problems in sub Saharan Africa.
  2. To improve the diagnostic skills of eye care workers working in collaboration with specialty consultants
  3. To build strength in the best of patient care attitudes

Sessions:

Day 1: Periorbital disease, ocular history and examination 6 hours

Morning session: 3 hours

Welcome, team presentation, devotional

Introductions, course orientation, pretest (30 minutes)

Ocular anatomy

Periorbital Disease:

Acute and chronic blepharitis

Lid trauma

Ectropion, entropion, trichiasis

Chalazion

Orbital cellulitis

Herpes/ Zona

Afternoon session: 3 hours

Ocular history

Ocular examination overview (lid, orbit, conjunctiva, cornea, visual acuity, pupil)

Examination techniques for lids and orbit, proper hand washing/gloving, palpation, lid eversion exercise-cotton tip swabs

Case presentation

Questions and answers

Review

Day 2: External disease and injury, examination techniques 6 hours

Morning session: 3 hours

Devotion time

External Disease: conjunctiva and cornea

Acute and chronic conjunctivitis including vernal, viral, and bacterial conjunctivitis

Allergic conjunctivitis

Dry eyes

Pterygium, corneal foreign body, corneal injury, corneal ulcers

Blunt trauma and penetrating injury

Examination techniques for conjunctiva and cornea

Afternoon session: 3 hours

Case presentations

Visual acuity examination, visual field test, pupil examination, cranial nerve (3,4,5,6,7)

Questions and answers

Review

Day 3: Anterior segment and related systemic diseases     6 hours

Morning session: 3 hours

Vitamin A deficiency

Trachoma

Cataract, Glaucoma, and diagnostic strategies including pupil and visual examination

Vascular diseases including hypertensive and diabetic retinopathy

Leprosy, Onchocerciasis

Iritis, Acute glaucoma

Afternoon session: 3 hours

Case presentations

Review

Quiz

Wrap up and final evaluation (45 minutes)

          Presentation of certificate (participation) attestation?

Presented by:  Dr. Eppe (Cameroon) Nov 2019

Audience: Primary Care Physicians

Selection Process: Please submit an online interest form

Requisites:

Stable internet connection

Assessment:

   Participant – Pre and Post skills evaluation and cognitive evaluation quiz

Workshop – evaluation survey

Participant hours: 18

Credits: Mercy Ships Certificate

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Schedule:

Date                                      Location                             Language

to be announced                 online                                  English or French

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

Course Description:

This is part 1 of a three part series. Part 1 is a 1 day course designed to assist healthcare professionals with assessing and treating pain. It is presented in a traditional classroom setting and includes case scenario discussions.

(The complete 3 part series utilizes the Training-of-Trainers approach to train healthcare professionals by identifying key trainers among initial course participants and utilizing these new trainers in subsequent courses. The Essential Pain management series includes one day of initial training in pain management, followed by one day of “Training-of-Trainers”. The newly trained trainers will then have the opportunity to assist in teaching the initial course material to others under the supervision of the course facilitators.)

Training Components/ attributes/methods:

_ 100% self-paced study

_ mentored

_ online

 √ in person

 √ small groups

_ projects

_ wet lab

_ simulation

case study

_ webinar

_ onboard a Mercy Ship

onsite/local hospital

 √ offered free of charge

accredited

Course Goals:

  1. improve pain knowledge
  2. establish a framework for managing pain
  3. address pain management barriers

Sessions:

  1. What is pain?
  2. Why should we treat pain?
  3. Classification of Pain
  4. Physiology and Pathology
  5. Barriers to Pain Management
  6. Basic approach to pain management
  7. How to assess severity of pain?
  8. Pain management examples and case-based discussions

Presented by:

Dr. Odry Agbessi (Benin)

Dr. Helen Makins (UK)

Audience: doctors, nurses, anesthesia providers and medical students

Selection Process: In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, facilitators will identify and select appropriate participants for each initial course (Essential Pain Management part 1).

Please complete the online interest form to be considered. Course facilitators, in collaboration with hospital leadership, will select the participants for the subsequent Training-of-Trainers (part 2) and opportunity to help train others (part 3) .

Requisites: This training is aimed at surgeons, nurses and anesthesia providers who are managing post-operative pain.

Other medical professionals may also attend if space permits.

Endorsements: Run in partnership with EPM UK Working Group of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anesthetists (ANZCA) –   Faculty of Pain Medicine, approved by the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiology (WFSA).

Assessment: pre and post course assessments

Participant hours: 7

Credits: Mercy Ships Attendance Certificate

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Schedule:

Date                                      Location                                                  Language

April 2021                             Benin                                                         French

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

Course Description: This is part 2 of a three part series. Part 2 is a 1 day course designed to equip selected healthcare professionals, who have completed part 1, with teaching skills to help them train others.

It is presented in a traditional classroom setting and includes case scenario discussions.

(The complete 3 part series utilizes the Training-of-Trainers approach to train healthcare professionals by identifying key trainers among initial course participants and utilizing these new trainers in subsequent courses. The Essential Pain management series includes one day of initial training in pain management, followed by one day of “Training-of-Trainers”. The newly trained trainers will then have the opportunity to assist in teaching the initial course material to others under the supervision of the course facilitators.)

Training Components/ attributes/methods:

_ 100% self-paced study

_ mentored

_ online

 √ in person

 √ small groups

_ projects

_ wet lab

_ simulation

case study

_ webinar

_ onboard a Mercy Ship

onsite/local hospital

 √ offered free of charge

accredited

Course Goals:

To equip medical professionals with teaching skills to be able to teach others in essential pain management

Sessions:

  1. Introduction
  2. Giving a lecture
  3. Presentation skills
  4. Leading a discussion
  5. Scenario teaching

Presented by:

Mercy Ships in partnership with EPM UK Working Group of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anesthetists (ANZCA) –   Faculty of Pain Medicine

Audience: selected healthcare professionals who have completed Essential Pain Management part 1

Selection Process:

Course facilitators, in collaboration with hospital leadership, will select the participants for Essential Pain Management – Part 2 Training of Trainers.

Facilitators identify these participants based on their performance on skills and knowledge assessment, observations of their performance and the availability of the participants to present these courses to their colleagues.

Requisites:

  • Completion with excellence of Essential Pain Management – part 1
  • Special invitation of course facilitators
  • Interest and availability to present the Essential Pain Management Course to colleagues

Endorsements: Run in partnership with EPM UK Working Group of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anesthetists (ANZCA) –   Faculty of Pain Medicine, approved by the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiology (WFSA).

Assessment: pre and post course assessments

Participant hours: 5

Credits: Mercy Ships Attendance Certificate

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Schedule:

Date                                      Location                                               Language

April 2021                             Benin                                                      French

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

Course Description: This is part 3 of a three part series. Part 3 provides an opportunity for new trainers to gain experience training others the Essentials of Pain management with the help and supervision of course facilitators. Participants in part 3 lead classroom sessions and discussion topics.

(The complete 3 part series utilizes the Training-of-Trainers approach to train healthcare professionals by identifying key trainers among initial course participants and utilizing these new trainers in subsequent courses. The Essential Pain management series includes one day of initial training in pain management, followed by one day of “Training-of-Trainers”. The newly trained trainers will then have the opportunity to assist in teaching the initial course material to others under the supervision of the course facilitators.)

Training Components/ attributes/methods:

_ 100% self-paced study

_ mentored

_ online

 √ in person

 √ small groups

_ projects

_ wet lab

_ simulation

case study

_ webinar

_ onboard a Mercy Ship

onsite/local hospital

 √ offered free of charge

accredited

Course Goal:

To successfully train other healthcare professionals in Essential Pain Management

Sessions:

Same as Part 1, under guidance of course facilitators

  1. What is pain?
  2. Why should we treat pain?
  3. Classification of Pain
  4. Physiology and Pathology
  5. Barriers to Pain Management
  6. Basic approach to pain management
  7. How to assess severity of pain?
  8. Pain management examples and case-based discussions

Presented by:

Mercy Ships in partnership with EPM UK Working Group of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anesthetists (ANZCA) –   Faculty of Pain Medicine

Audience: selected health care professionals who have completed Essential Pain Management part 1 and part 2

Selection Process:

Course facilitators, in collaboration with hospital leadership, will select the participants for Essential Pain Management – Part 3 Training of Others.

Facilitators identify these participants based on their performance on skills and knowledge assessment, observations of their performance in part 1 and part 2 and the availability of the participants to present these courses to their colleagues.

Requisites:

  • Completion with excellence of Essential Pain Management – part 1 and part 2
  • Special invitation of course facilitators
  • Interest and availability to present the Essential Pain Management Course to colleagues

Endorsements: Run in partnership with EPM UK Working Group of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anesthetists (ANZCA) –   Faculty of Pain Medicine, approved by the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiology (WFSA).

Assessment: pre and post course assessments

Participant hours: 7

Credits: Mercy Ships Attendance Certificate

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Schedule:

Date                                             Location                                  Language

April 2021                                    Benin                                        French

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

Course Description: this is part 1 of a 2 part series and includes 5-days of training in sensitization and awareness of palliative care provided by trainers from Hospice Africa, the palliative care team from Mercy Ships and in country Trainers/Facilitators.

This course includes Interactive lectures, small groups, simulation and home visits

Training Components/ attributes/methods:

_ 100% self-paced study

_ mentored

_ online

small groups

_ projects

_wet lab

 √ simulation

case study

_ webinar

_ onboard a Mercy Ship

onsite/local hospital

 √ offered free of charge

Course Goals:

To improve the participant’s skills and abilities in palliative care

Sessions:

  1. Background to Holistic care
  2. The role of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy
  3. Communication
  4. Management of pain (holistic)
  5. Assessment, management and control of symptoms in HIV/AIDS and cancer
  6. Palliative care emergencies
  7. Management of death, dying and bereavement
  8. Referral systems and Networking

Presented by: Mariam Ibrahim (Palliative Care Team Leader- Mercy Ships), Christina van der Zande (Palliative Care Consultant- Mercy Ships),

Audience: This training is aimed at Health professionals (Nurses, Doctors, clinical officers), Allied Health professionals (Pharmacists, Social Workers), Community Volunteer Workers (Lay people selected by the community who identify and refer or assist patients with health issues within the community), Spiritual/Religious Leaders who have a major role in palliative care, and Traditional Healers/ Practitioners.

Selection Process: In collaboration with the Ministry of Health of the host country, Mercy Ships will identify and select appropriate participants for this course.

Please complete an interest/registration form for consideration.

Requisites:

  1. Keen to learn, have an aptitude to take on new ideas and a sensitivity to people who are in pain and going through Serious Health related Suffering (SHS).
  2. Completed Mercy Ships interest form
  3. Must be fluent in the language the course is offered in (see schedule).

Endorsements: Hospice Africa, Ministry of Heath

Assessment: Pre and Post course Test

Participant hours: 30 course hours

Credits: Mercy Ships Certificate

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Schedule:

Date                         Location                                                    Language

5-10 July   2021       Hotel Colonia, Dakar, Senegal                French

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

Course Description:

 Part 2 of a 2 part series has a mentoring trajectory consisting of:

  • A 5-day course on teaching and implementation of palliative care.
  • Mentoring on execution of a participant’s project plan.
  • Participation as a trainer in a future sensitization course.

This training will be provided by trainers from Hospice Africa, alumni from the previous course the palliative care team from Mercy Ships and in country or local Trainers/Facilitators. The course may include interactive lectures and may include home visits as well as other training components listed below

Training Components/ attributes/methods:

_ 100% self-paced study

  mentored

_ online

small groups

projects

_wet lab

simulation

case study

_ webinar

_ onboard a Mercy Ship

onsite/local hospital

 √ offered free of charge

Course Goals:

To help participants improve, implement and transfer their knowledge, skills and abilities in palliative care.

Sessions:

  1. Introduction to the course
  2. Approaches to adult learning
  3. Learning styles and Theories of Learning
  4. Systemic Approach to learning
  5. Action Planning
  6. Identification of training needs
  7. Setting goals and objectives
  8. Teaching Methodologies
  9. Lesson Planning
  10. Communication skills and presentation skills
  11. Assessing, monitoring and evaluation training
  12. Designing and implementing a palliative care program

Presented by: Mariam Ibrahim (Palliative Care Team Leader- Mercy Ships), Christina van der Zande (Palliative Care Consultant- Mercy Ships), Trainers from Hospice Africa, in country Trainers /Facilitators.

Audience: This training is aimed at Health professionals (Nurses, Doctors, clinical officers), Allied Health professionals (Pharmacists, Social Workers), Community Volunteer Workers (Lay people selected by the community who identify and refer or assist patients with health issues within the community), Spiritual/Religious Leaders who have a major role in palliative care, and Traditional Healers/Practitioners, who were part of the sensitization course and are passionate and interested in implementing and transferring knowledge in palliative care.

Selection Process: In collaboration with the Ministry of Health Mercy Ships will identify and select appropriate participants for this course.

Participant will be selected from participants who completed PC2.1 Introduction to Palliative Care part 1- sensitization.

Requisites:

  1. Keen to learn, have an aptitude to take on new ideas and a sensitivity to people who are in pain and going through Serious Health related Suffering (SHS).
  2. Keen to transfer knowledge and implement palliative care.
  3. Completed Mercy Ships interest form.
  4. Completion of the sensitization course.
  5. Must be fluent in language course is offered in (see schedule below)

Endorsements: Hospice Africa and the Ministry of Health

Assessment: Short teaching session from participants, evaluation with an audit form from Hospice Africa.

Participant hours: 25 course hours (Teaching session) and 20 hours mentoring per institution.

Credits: Mercy Ships Certificate

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Schedule:

Date                                      Location                                                   Language

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

Course Description:

Mercy Ships in partnership with MedAid International or Optimum Biomedical offer a Capacity Building Program in Biomedical Equipment Technology. This training is an intense 8-week full time course. The eight weeks are broken into two and three weeks “blocks” of classes over a 3- month period. This training includes classroom lectures, practical training, homework, and examinations both practical and theoretical. Course content has been revised to include teaching on anesthesia equipment. Upon completion, participants will be presented with a Certificate of Completion. Topics may include but are not limited to the sessions listed below.

In addition, toolkit is provided to each participant at end of the project. The 8-week program is followed by a mentoring program at the hospitals of as many of the participants as possible, either individually or collectively, to reinforce the teaching and provide support.

Training Components/ attributes/methods:

_ 100% self-paced study

mentored

_ online

in person

_ small groups

_ projects

_ wet lab

_ simulation

_ case study

_ webinar

_ onboard a Mercy Ship

_ onsite/local hospital

_ offered free of charge

accredited

Course Goals:

Biomedical Technicians acquire the knowledge, skills, and professional attitude needed to ensure safe and quality repairs of medical equipment at their hospitals.

Sessions:  Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Electrical safety
  • Personal safety and first aid
  • Test equipment
  • Safety testing
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Cardiac anatomy and physiology
  • Electrocardiography
  • Bioelectric impulses and the cardiac cycle
  • Defibrillators and shockable arrhythmias
  • Patient monitoring
  • Temperature control
  • Oxygen control
  • Maintenance
  • Ultrasonography
  • Infusion systems
  • Surgical diathermy
  • Electronics
  • Circuits
  • Working with schematics
  • Anesthesia and ventilation
  • Infection control
  • Decontamination and sterilization 

Presented by:  Emmanuel Essah – Mercy Ships

in partnership with MedAid International or Optimum Biomedical

Audience: Biomedical Technician/Biomedical Engineers

Selection Process:

The Head/Director of the Healthcare Technology Management at the MoH will select participants for this training. The Biomedical Project Manager from Mercy Ships will have an interview with each of the participants to ensure that they have the minimum knowledge and skills required to successfully go through the program. The Mercy Ships Biomed Project Manager may also decide to visit potential participants’ hospitals to better understand the environment where they work and to better prepare for the biomedical training. For this program, a certain level of Knowledge in Electronics, Electrical and mathematics is required from the participants.

Requisites:

  • Minimum: High School (GED Level).
  • Current employment as a biomedical technician/ biomedical engineer in a hospital setting
  • This is an intense course. To successfully finish the program, the participants must have:
  1. A strong interest in engineering and medicine.
  2. The ability to think analytically and solve problems.
  3. An aptitude for science and mathematics.
  4. The ability to visualize complex processes and equipment.
  5. Good oral and written communication skills.

Endorsements: Course accredited by CPD (Continuing Professional Development) – UK

Assessment:

  • Interview before the training
  • Pre-course test
  • post course test

Participant hours: (depend on the country): 240Hrs

Credits: CPD accredited, Certificate of Completion

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Schedule:

Date                                      City                       Country                   Language

2021

June 10 – June 11               Monrovia              Liberia                       English

June 14 – June 15               Monrovia              Liberia                       English

June 17 – June 18               Monrovia              Liberia                       English

June 21 – July 16                 Monrovia             Liberia                        English

July 26 – August 20            Monrovia              Liberia                       English

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

Course Description:

The Biomedical Technician Mentoring Program gives an opportunity to the Mercy Ships Biomedical Program Manager /Mentor to spend time with the participants in their own context/hospital.

It is also an opportunity for the participants to have one on one with the Biomedical Program Mentor where the participants get to ask any questions they might have from the training. Participants also learn how to put into practice the skills that they have learned during the training. While the Biomedical Program Mentor visits the hospitals, he uses the same opportunity to encourage the participants and also advocate for them to their leadership to restore the relationship or the trust that might have be disrupted before they have been trained. Sometimes, because these local biomed were not able to repair equipment in their hospital, trust is disrupted. During our time in the hospitals, we used that opportunity to advocate for them knowing they had just been equipped by our biomed training. The Biomedical Mentoring Program of Mercy Ships is not a standardized program. The Activities of each Mentoring session in a hospital varies based on the specific needs of the hospital visited.

Training Components/ attributes/methods:

_ 100% self-paced study

mentored

_ online

in person

_ small groups

projects

_ wet lab

simulation

_case study

_ webinar

_ onboard a Mercy Ship

_ onsite/local hospital

offered free of charge

accredited

Course Goals:

  • Gain practical advice, encouragement, and support
  • Learn from the experiences of Mercy Ships Biomed Project Manager
  • Increase social and professional confidence
  • Become more empowered to make decisions
  • Develop communication and personal skills
  • Maintain a network of biomedical technicians in the country.

Sessions: The Biomedical Mentoring Program of Mercy Ships is not a standardized program. The Activities of each Mentoring session in a hospital varies based on the specific needs of the hospital visited.

Presented by:  Emmanuel Essah – Mercy Ships

in partnership with MedAid International or Optimum Biomedical

Audience: local biomeds who have completed BM1

Selection Process: Open only to biomeds who have been previously selected for and completed BM1

Requisites:

  • fluency in listed language (see schedule below)
  • prior completion of BM1
  • current employment as a Biomedical technician at a local hospital

Endorsements: Course accredited by CPD (Continuing Professional Development) – UK

Assessment: example: pre and post course interview

Participant hours: 16-24 hours based on participant’s level

Credits:  Considered part of Biomed training program no additional separate certificate issued for participation in mentoring component

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Schedule:

2021

Date                                      Location                                                   Language
June 4-8                                 Monrovia, Liberia                                    English

If you are interested in attending this course, submit your contact information here.

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