A Monitoring and Evaluation Webinar took place in December 2012 is available on the MEPI network site at the following link: http://mepinetwork.org/webinars/archived-webinars.html
November 2012: Emergency Medicine and Nursing Training in Ghana. For more information follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=18nbU4vZsV4
September 2011: Social Accountability - Presented by Dr. Charles Boelen
Dr. Charles Boelen is a medical doctor (Belgium, 1966), specializing in public health (University of Montreal, Canada), epidemiology (McGill University, Montreal), health system management (Harvard and Stanford Universities, USA), and education of health professionals (University of Paris XIII, France).
During his thirty years with the World Health Organization (1972 to 2001), he developed worldwide human resources development projects in coordination with Ministries of Health and Higher Education, professional associations, and academic institutions. At WHO Headquarters in Geneva (1988-2001), he served as coordinator of the program of human resources for health and initiated several important policy documents. Since 2002, he has served as an international consultant in health systems and personnel. He is best known for his work on social accountability of academic institutions, primary health care professionals, and health care reform. He authored the WHO monograph “Defining and measuring the social accountability of medical schools” and promoted strategies for educational reforms. He is the inventor of the “five-star-doctor” model and the WHO global strategy for re-orienting medical education and medical practice for Health for All.
Dr. Boelen is the author of the WHO strategy “Towards Unity for Health,” aiming at making the best use of health resources, including human resources, with emphasis on integration of individual and public health activities and on partnership among key stakeholders—policy-makers, health service managers, health professions, academic institutions and civil society. For more information follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=w0f7f6trVX8
June 2011: eGranary Digital Library - Presented by Cliff Missen director of the WiderNet Project based at the University of Iowa, June’s webinar featured eGranary Digital Library.
For healthcare institutions in the developing world that lack adequate Internet bandwidth, the eGranary Digital Library delivers instant access to millions of resources for clinicians and researchers. Already deployed at over 350 locations in Africa, India, and the Caribbean, the eGranary Digital Library is chock full of books, curricula, journals, and Web sites that have been freely donated by hundreds of authors and publishers around the world. It contains content from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hesperian Foundation, Mayo Clinic, MIT, Wikipedia, and over 200 open content journals. Attached to a local area network, the eGranary looks and acts like the Internet and can be freely shared by thousands of people at speeds hundreds of times faster than most available Internet connections. eGranary librarians have organized the resources into categories and portals that make it easy for users to find the information they seek and the eGranary contains tools that make it easy for patrons to upload and share local content as well. Also with built-in website editors and software like Moodle course management and WordPress, it’s easy to make local curricula. For more information follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tCY1_-6gU4Y
July 2011: OER Africa - Presented by Neil Butcher of OER Africa, July's webinar featured OER Africa
Open Educational Resources (OER) are educational resources freely available to download and distribute without cost and without license fees. Monica Mawoyo and Neil Butcher of OER Africa have written an article on the topic that is featured on the MEPI site. The article is entitled OER and Health Education: the Potential of Openly Licensed Digital Content.
The article focuses on the significant benefits OER can have in retaining healthcare professionals, providing opportunity for post-graduation training, reducing the cost of education materials, enhancing student learning environments, and building capacity. For more information follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=I35aAkw2ePo
November 2011: Retention of Health Workers. For more information follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tNA8X71Avv8