CMNH welcomes the 2019 cohort of Diploma students

News article 31 Jan 2019

The Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH) is delighted to welcome the 2019 cohort of students joining our Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Health. 8 students from around the world have started the 13-week course designed to help doctors, midwives and other health professionals working or intending to work in the area of sexual and reproductive health in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC).

The course embeds the importance of maternal, newborn and child health within sexual and reproductive health and focuses on reducing reproductive mortality and morbidity. It reaches beyond clinical issues and explores relevant health system issues, policy and programme improvement.

This Diploma is unique in that doctors, midwives, clinical officers and other healthcare professionals from all corners of the world have an opportunity to work together to learn about the development and evaluation of practical, realistic, evidence-based interventions to improve care for women, babies and children in LMIC in line with global strategies.

Over 13 weeks, the course is delivered through lectures, group work, presentations, discussions, study tours and self-study. The students will also undertake a project about a service improvement of relevance to them and research and identify evidence that can be used to advocate for change.

Dr Helen Allott, Director of Studies on the Diploma:
“This Diploma provides a unique opportunity for health workers from both low resource settings and more developed countries to come together and explore the bigger picture issues relevant to health care improvements in the field of sexual and reproductive health. It also provides a great opportunity to form friendships and learn from each other about the challenges students face in delivering health care in their respective countries.”


A previous student commented:
Clinical Officer, DSRH student, 2017, Malawi
“The course was very exciting for me as it covered the exact issues that I encounter in my daily work. I would greatly recommend it for colleagues working in RMNCH especially in low income settings. I think it's a service improvement in itself. I will not take guidelines for granted. Even guidelines produced by International organisations like WHO, I would want to critically examine the evidence behind the recommendations in the guideline before adopting it for use in my setting.”


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