A five day workshop took place in November in Lusaka with the main aim of strengthening resource management within the five Schools of Nursing involved in the Zambia UK Health Worforce Alliance / Tropical Health and Education Trust project for enhanced training for five Nurse Tutors. The themes for each day were:
- Scene setting: outcomes from the pre-course survey; barriers to improving service, gaps etc.;
- Collaborative working for service development: core resources (staffing, space), resource sharing;
- Skills development: skills needed, support needed from Nurse Tutors, budgets and business plans;
- Making development plans for each library represented;
- Sustainability and the role of professional associations.
Comment from Katherine Barrett (THET Programme Manager Zambia): “I’m … grateful to see the hard work from you all and the unprecedented appreciative response from the participants and MOH alike. From all accounts, the week has been hugely successful and stirred new waves of interest and honing of skills in health information and resource management. I’m very optimistic about the continued thirst for more training such as this and the sustained support that the professional associations (with a revitalised AHILA chapter in Zambia) will provide to quench part of this.”
The pre-course survey was carried out by ITOCA and Phi in consultation with the Lead Nurse Tutor Charles Turner. The workshop facilitators were provided by the locally collaborating organizations: Blessing Chaitaira (ITOCA) and Charles Turner (Nurse Tutor from UK who had worked in one of the Nursing Schools) and supported by Nasra Gathoni (President AHILA) Celine Mwafulilwa, and Francina Makondo from the University of Zambia. The workshop arrangements were coordinated by Katie Barrett (THET) and books and other resources were provided from a special fund by TALC (Teaching Aids at Low Cost) – a truly collaborative effort. And the representative from the MOH was much impressed.
Jean Shaw, Phi