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Please attend our free Webinar on Bringing learning to the frontline: New global e-learning modules to prevent maternal death, information below. This is brought to you by the Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery (GANM) part of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center.

Dear GANM members,

Please find the registration link for the free Webinar here: The Webinar will be recorded and I will send out the link to all GANM members.

The free webinar Bringing learning to the frontline: new global e-learning modules to prevent maternal death will be on June 3, 2013 at 9:00 AM, presented by Julia Bluestone, CNM, MS. Julia has over a decade of working with national ministries and professional associations in low and middle income countries to improve national education and training efforts. She provides leadership and technical assistance for pre-service educational and in-service training programs for medical, nursing, and midwifery schools, including national nursing and midwifery curriculum revisions, tutor and preceptor skills training, and evaluation through work at Jhpiego. She has led national in-service training program development and materials design, and pre-service education curricula revision in Nepal, Jamaica, Malawi and Ghana and is a primary contributor for effective teaching skills materials developed in collaboration with the world health organization. She is an associate in the department of international health at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, co-chair of the US Government-India working group for human resources for maternal child health response, and a member of the technical working group for the new USAID framework for improving in-service training.

BACKGROUND information on the Modules

A major impediment in the achievement of MDGs 4 and 5 lies first in addressing critical shortages of human resources for health with midwifery skills and second in addressing quality of care issues that result from inadequate and sub-standard trainings of the health care workforce. To expedite progress toward the attainment of MDGs 4 and 5, in January 2012, UNFPA signed a MoU with Intel Corporation to launch an innovative programme that would address both shortages and increase capacities and service delivery performance of the global health care workforce. The programme relies on the Intel SKOOOL(tm) health education platform, which is a multi-media content delivery and assessment solution that enables education to take place anywhere, anytime, with intermittent connectivity using low-cost laptops/netbooks that health workers will be trained to use.

In October 2012, UNFPA and Jhpiego entered into a formal agreement, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Intel Corporation to develop technology-driven multi-media e-learning training materials for mid-level providers and frontline health workers.

A technical advisory group has been established that provides technical review of content and consists of representatives from the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, the International Confederation of Midwives and the International Council of Nurses.

These innovative e-learning modules will allow governments, regulators, associations and training institutions to enhance life-saving skills of frontline healthcare workers, including midwives, using Intel's no charge Skoool(tm) Healthcare Education platform with freely accessible UNFPA/WHO/Jhpiego multi-media training modules and built-in student performance assessments. The modules can be accessed any time using tablets or PC computers and do not require internet connectivity after the initial download. Simple and easy to use, these training modules use interactive, multi-media case studies to provide practice in making critical, life-saving clinical decisions based on the main causes of maternal death.

The modules also contain built-in quizzes, the results of which can be transmitted via the web whenever the learner is online. Thus, training institutions can set up an ability to collect learner performance data, resulting in improved performance management and quality control.

Most importantly, using a content creation toolkit that has been developed by Jhpiego and Intel, countries can work with Jhpiego and Intel to explore the ability to create their own relevant training content in any language. The first three modules available are based on the WHO Impac series, "Managing Pre-Eclampsia and Eclampsia", "Managing Post-Partum Hemorrhage", and "Managing Prolonged and Obstructed Labor" and will be released at the end of May

Please register for this exciting webinar:

Thank you,


Rachel Breman, MSN, MPH, RN

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center Coordinator

525 N. Wolfe St

Baltimore, MD 21205

Room 440


phone: 301 503 9433


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