Thursday, November 29, 2007

Feedback for Training and Supervision

• Only 5 students including the two presenters; this is a shame! Please call one of the instructors if you cannot attend a class. Attendance is part of class participation and will be graded accordingly
• Good training exercise – It’s too bad that half of the class missed an excellent session. Very good class discussion and participation.
• Delivery was good. Would have been good to see case-studies, what has worked and does not work with training.
• Nice job – both speakers. I loved the initial group exercise – the training activity was very thorough – coverage of the topic.
• Very well structured and well organized presentation with systematic presentation of the topics.
• Suturing exercise was a great learning tool
• Relaxed, friendly delivery. I missed the larger class, but the small group led to less competition to get a chance to comment or ask a question

Bangladesh newspaper article on Breastfeeding

The entire article is a thorough overview of the benefits of breastfeeding, but this line especially caught my eye:

The New Nation - Internet Edition - Breastfeeding: Component of Good Health for Children: "Allah has ordained us to continue breastfeeding for at least two years after the birth of a baby in Sura Bakara [...] "

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Different Countries, Different Needs: The Role of Private Health Insurance in Developing Countries -- Drechsler and Jutting 32 (3): 497 -- Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law

Preference for boy child increased in turmoil years - Preference for boy child increased in turmoil years:
"...Syeda Afshana said that the preference for the boy child has grown over the last two decades in the turmoil-hit Valley. She said this was because the parents were feeling insecure for a girl child as girls were being used as “war weapons”. During the last 18 years, women in Kashmir have been tortured, killed, raped and subjected to extremes of human sufferings by the warring factions of Kashmir. Experts say that the events like Kunanposhpora, exploitation of girls in sex-scandal and their life as painful victims like thousands of half-widows, makes people think hundred times before praying for a child [...]"

The Challenge of Global Health

Foreign Affairs - The Challenge of Global Health - Laurie Garrett: "Thanks to a recent extraordinary rise in public and private giving, today more money is being directed toward the world's poor and sick than ever before. But unless these efforts start tackling public health in general instead of narrow, disease-specific problems -- and unless the brain drain from the developing world can be stopped -- poor countries could be pushed even further into trouble, in yet another tale of well-intended foreign meddling gone awry."

more on training in MCH: Games For Health

If you missed class yesterday (and, considering attendance, chances are you did!), you really missed out on a great discussion of training and supervision. For the class exercise, students learned to suture oranges via written, second hand verbal, and expert verbal instructions. The surprising results showed that a person taught by second hand knowledge (the community health worker previously trained by an expert) did as well as the person taught by the expert herself. The person taught by written instruction only, well, floundered.

One of the more interesting topics was the new frontier of training opportunities via the internet. With OLPC, the opportunities are exploding for connectivity in previously unreachable settings from dense slums to rural desert villages. We aren't the only ones who think this can be huge--the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation launched an $8.25m campaign to research just this type of thing! The announcement comes via the Serious Games Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. What a dream job:

Games For Health:
"The Serious Games Initiative founded Games for Health to develop a community and best practices platform for the numerous games being built for health care applications. To date the project has brought together researchers, medical professionals, and game developers to share information about the impact games and game technologies can have on health care and policy."

Monday, November 26, 2007

Training and

I don't know if we'll get to this tomorrow, but it's worth taking a look at. It's an NGO called International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, started by someone who is now a professor at Columbia.

Training and Supervision

This website describes in more detail that I will what the SEED-SCALE model is.