Blessing Chataira is a programme officer at ITOCA ( International Training and Outreach Centre for Africa ) and is also head of the Continuing Education and Professional Development ( CEPD ) programme. This programme is a series of short courses designed for professionals to enhance their skills in their work places.
Blessing holds a science honours degree- Information Science, from the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe, where she specialised in ICTs in the Information and Library Sciences program.
The objectives of Blessing’s programme while she is in the UK are :
. To deepen knowledge in the field of evidence-based healthcare and of the role and expertise of the health information specialist.
. To build on existing training skills and share ideas for running workshops.
. To expand network of contacts involved in training in evidence based healthcare especially in depth critical appraisal skills.
. To meet Phi personnel and explore ways of building on the ITOCA /Phi relationship and of strengthening health information and library services across Africa, especially through working with AHILA.
. Attend the CASP ( Critical Appraisal Skills Programme ) International Training week, Kellogg College, Oxford.
. Participate in the Systematic Reviews network conference, Cardiff University.
. Meet information specialists involved in building and delivering evidence based healthcare environments and networks, including user training programmes and outreach librarian programmes in multidisciplinary medical and health libraries across the public sector ( NHS and universities ).
Sponsors are Phi, ITOCA, CASP and Cardiff University.
Nigel Palmer Phi