eLearning Brings Vital Information to Nurse-Midwife in Zambia

eLearning Brings Vital Information to Nurse-Midwife in Zambia

A tablet computer showing a scene from an educational game.

As a health care provider in rural Zambia, nurse-midwife Michael Mweetwa Chinene struggled to stay current with evolving best practices in HIV and tuberculosis care.
“I have a very busy schedule at my facility,” said Chinene, who works in Mazabuka District in the Southern Province, “and it’s difficult to access learning opportunities.”
Yet, the clients Chinene serves—HIV patients with TB—require prompt and correct diagnosis, regular treatment and appropriate case management. Without the ability to get the latest information in patient management, Chinene said his “confidence to be able to provide specific services (for these clients) declined.”

New Solutions and Incentives to Retain Nurses

Three midwives use a "Baby Natalie" device to help a newborn who is not breathing.

To meet the needs of its people, the government of Ethiopia is working to build up its health workforce. As a result, the nurse-to-population ratio rose from 1 per 5,000 in 2009 to 1 per 2,132 in 2014.1 Despite efforts to retain these workers, however, a recent study of nurses working in public health facilities