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Iraq Primary Health Care Learning Management System Now Online
USAID's Primary Health Care Project in Iraq (USAID/PHCPI) recently launched a series of online courses, available for free through the project's website, for Iraqi primary health care professionals to improve their management and clinical skills. The learning management system includes 24 e-courses in three languages (Arabic, Kurdish, and English), giving participants access to continuing education in a self-guided format that includes resources and reference materials easily USAID/ PHCPI helped the Iraqi Ministry of Health (MOH) update over 30 managerial and clinical guidelines to current international standards downloaded from the site.
USAID/ PHCPI helped the Iraqi Ministry of Health (MOH) update over 30 managerial and clinical guidelines to current international standards; two more guidelines, on immunization management and surveillance, are currently in development. These guidelines focus on improving the knowledge and skills of health care providers, especially in the areas of maternal, neonatal, and child health (MNCH).
The courses, which are also being promoted on the MOH website, support the ongoing development of health provider capacity across all primary health care clinics in Iraq. The project employs effective application and monitoring implementation to ensure the most efficient and effective roll out.
The courses are freely available to any primary health care professional in Iraq. Courses are self-guided and contain embedded quizzes to help participants assess their learning. Resources and reference materials to accompany the training courses can also be downloaded from the course page. Users receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course and test.
This learning management system allows MOH, department of health, and primary health care clinic staff to study from the convenience of their own homes and will build MOH capacity at an exponential rate, as opposed to conventional, 25-participant courses held in training hall. These free e-courses help to ensure the sustainability and continued impact of primary health care interventions.
For more information about the project, visit the USAID/PHCPI website.
January 08, 2015