Africa will be short of 6 million healthcare workers by 2030. While Africa has the fastest growing middle class in the world, with 313 million people of Africa’s population. This growing middle class is demanding higher quality and more specialized medical care ( www.intrahealth.org )
The new conditions will need different types of healthcare workers, especially specialized nurses, who have more knowledge about technology and come up with digital solutions such as WoundHelp.
These shortages create more burden and a heavy workload for the remaining healthcare workers who due to all of this can’t spend enough time with each patient, to do a good wound assessment, wound diagnosis and wound treatment. Often healthcare practitioners in Africa do not have the time to examine well feet or other wounds among their other workloads.All of this takes a lot of time which they do not have and this is why WoundHelp is needed.
There are currently no provision of specialised wound care training to doctors and nurses in many African countries during their training years and the provision of wound care in smaller public facilities and rural areas remain very basic.
Wound care, especially regarding foot complications is crucial as the number of people living with diseases such as diabetes is set to increase. The amount of people with Diabetes will double in the next 25 years in Africa ( World Health Organisation ).
10 to 15% of these patients will develop foot ulcers at some stage of their lives and nearly 50% of them will be admitted due to diabetic foot complications.
eWoundhelp is a digital training program that helps health workers who are dealing with chronic wounds. We conduct academic training about wound care through eLearning via mobile phones to health workers. We do this in collaboration with Health institutions and with VTR direct – Mobile Medical Training: www.vtrmob.com. We offer our services in several African countries.
What motivated the start of eWoundHelp was seeing Nurses who are eager to learn but could not find proper postgraduate wound care programs. Most of them had to go all the way to South-Africa just to be able to further their education. In cooperation with Dr. Sinda from Cameroon, we thought that it is achievable to design a post-graduate wound care curriculum that could be delivered through mobile phones to help health workers who already have such little time.
Another reason that motivated us was the fact that we heard many stories of Quackers ( people who pretend to be nurses ) and took care of the wound of patients just to end up harming the patient more than anything else, this really pushed us to work hard and start working on eWoundHelp.
The training program will be an innovative short program of that can be followed at home, at any moment, anytime….. It will be delivered through an eLearning program, with tests and scores. If you pass at the end you will receive a certificate from a certified health institution which is why there is a potential partnership with a company that already delivers medical certified medical courses through mobile phones, they do it with eLearning and it is a very secure and professional platform. The course will start in mid May 2019.
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Maria Pedro Miala
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