From January to April every year, The Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH) receives students from all around the world for the Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Health in Low Resource Areas (DSRH) course. This course is designed to equip healthcare workers from low resource areas with knowledge and skills necessary to initiate and sustain positive change to provision of healthcare. This year, the cohort was comprised of midwives, nurses, clinical officers, teachers and doctors from Kenya, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, The Gambia, Trinidad and Tobago, Malawi and the UK.
The course is highly interactive and less didactic. Students learn how to find and generate evidence through rigorous scientific methods and use the evidence to advocate for change in patient care. The course is validated by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and The Royal College of Midwives (RCM).
Joy Kemp, representative from the RCM said, “Excellent course equipping frontline health workforce, particularly midwives who are central to patient care anywhere in the world”.
Dr Jane McDougall, external examiner for the course said, “CMNH has put together a very good and comprehensive course, students have enjoyed and gained a lot from it”.
James Nwabineli, representative from the RCOG who also presented the Colin Bullough Prize said the course has retained rigor and worth since 1995 when it was first run.
Apart from personal fundraising, students received assistance from The Oglesby Charitable Trust and Her Excellency Baroness Hayman.
Stephen Wachira was awarded the Helene Hayman prize for overall best performance while Peter Sam received the Colin Bullough prize for showing the highest improvement during the course.
Dr Charles Ameh, Senior Clinical Lecturer, on behalf of CMNH expressed appreciation to the coordinators of the course, all lecturers, the Technology Enhance Learning team, the student support office and registry for working together efficiently to deliver the course.
CMNH wishes all students well and expects that apart from providing meaningful contribution to improving healthcare in their settings, they will consider completion of the DSRH course a stepping stone to further education and research.
Preparations for the next course are underway and CMNH is exploring ways to expand funding opportunities for students. If you wish to support the course please get in touch with Hazel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information on how you can support the course can be found via this link: http://www.lstmed.ac.uk/about/fundraising/privacy-policy-for-fundraising-and-supporter-engagement.