COBERS - Neurology risk assessments and on-site training

In preparation to the community based education Internships, over 350 undergraduate students have been given over-view lectures and oriented on neurology risk assessments, formulation of appropriate diagnostic and care for patients with stoke risk before their COBERS rotation.  

This has helped the students in identifying the risk factors and conducting appropriate referrals in their respective communities.

During  the community based education research and service (COBERS) visits, a series of onsite training and mentoring have been performed for the undergraduate students, health workers and medical officers from the community.

This has increased neurology understanding, clinical training and mentorship of students and health workers from different communities in the country. These training are facilitated by the staff from the neurology unit and PhD fellows. This also;

  • Strengthens the need to train a health care worker in a context in he/she can work.

At COBER’s, the students present different neurology cases from the community and go through neurological clinical examination with the neurology team.

 Students during COBERS at Kalisizo Hospital.

 

In addition to Capacity building in Neurology, we conducted and carried out Epilepsy Video-conferencing in 2013 with Case Western Reserve University Neurology Institute. 120 medical students, both undergraduates and graduate attended and discussed various issues of management with an epileptologist as shown below;-

Community sensitizations and support.

  • Neurology Awareness Campaigns. To date, Makerere neurology faculty has held 4 neurology and stroke awareness campaigns to sensitize and increase community knowledge of neurological disorders and management skills. From these campaigns, a total of 170 community health care workers and 90 district medical workers have been oriented and sensitized.
  • Through successful neurology awareness, it has raised the acceptability of neurology diseases to the public, educating people on neurological disorders, prevention and to increase control over their health.
  • Awareness activities have helped to increase the professional and public knowledge on the severity and costs of neurological disorders and emphasize the need to provide neurological care at all levels.
Neurological awards: