Midwives & Community Health Nurses Trained on the Use of ICT for Maternal Health Campaign
The Savana Signatures office was a hive of activity in March, 2017 when visiting health workers from four health facilities in the Sagnarigu District attended ICT trainings. Sixteen (16) community health nurses and midwives took part in a 3-day intensive ICT training workshop aimed at improving their skills in the use of ICT tools to create multi-media maternal and child health content for the purposes of community education and sensitization.
The ICT training is part of Savana Signatures’ commitment to improving the skills of health workers in the use of ICTs for the promotion of maternal and child health (MCH) in the Northern, Upper West and Volta Regions of Ghana.
Through the Technology for Maternal and Child Health (T4MCH) project, Savana Signatures has trained more than 160 health workers on how to use ICT tools to prepare and deliver vital maternal and child health care information to pregnant mothers in the project areas to keep them and their babies healthy.
These trainings forms part of the campaign to improve women and their families’ access to maternal and child health care information so as to ultimately contribute to the reduction of mortality among pregnant mothers and new born babies.
It has been identified that many health workers have little knowledge or skills as well as the confidence in the use of ICT tools such as computers to create, package and deliver health information to pregnant women and their families. This informed Savana Signatures and its partners to provide training in the use of ICT tools to deliver healthcare services to pregnant women. Health workers in addition to attending to patients, handle and manage large volumes of data, filing and reporting to Ghana health authority monthly. These trainings were meant to ease data management, reporting and filling of patients’ information using ICT tools such as computers and softwares.
The participating health workers were trained on the use of MS Word and Excel, Multi-Media Power-point presentation mainly for the creation of Knowledge Sharing Sessions (KSS) presentations. “Learning to create Power-point presentations will help us communicate to mothers and families,” explained Karen, a community health nurse at Kalpohini Health Centre.
“Now, I can put up pictures of breastfeeding mothers to help explain the importance of exclusive breastfeeding and they (mothers) will understand the information better”, she added. T4MCH is being implemented in 33 health facilities in the Northern, Upper West and Volta regions of Ghana by Savana Signatures in collaboration with Salasan Consulting Inc. and Mustimuhw Solutions with funding from Global Affairs Canada.