Jhpiego pioneered the use of information technology (IT) for global health by providing online access to clinical training materials through the development of the Reproductive Health Online (ReproLine®) website. Prior to ReproLine’s creation, availability of these materials in developing countries was limited to print distribution for course trainers and participants, and it was difficult to update the content once a project ended and Jhpiego was no longer working in a country. To solve these problems, in 1995, Jhpiego took advantage of the newly emerging Internet and designed ReproLine to maintain contact with its network of trainers and sustain high-quality training through updated, relevant health information and peer support. For many years, ReproLine served as the number one source of information on reproductive health for trainers and service providers worldwide.
The Internet has also allowed Jhpiego to reach beyond its network of trainers to a much wider audience. And what began as a single website has, over the years, grown into a suite of IT services that Jhpiego designed for use in low-resource settings, including:
Jhpiego continues to break ground using IT to provide the global health community with information, access to expertise and support for program implementation. Recently, Jhpiego launched an updated and expanded ReproLine as ReproLinePlus, which offers discussion boards and state-of-the-art learning opportunities in a range of technical areas, such as maternal and newborn health and voluntary medical male circumcision, as well as programmatic approaches, including nearly 190 competency-based education and training materials.
Among the ReproLinePlus offerings is the award-winning ModCAL® (Modified Computer-Assisted Learning) training skills course for in-service trainers and pre-service faculty, which provides knowledge updates, training skills demonstrations and exercises to develop training competencies. This course continues Jhpiego’s groundbreaking efforts to reach trainers in limited-resource settings around the world.
- International, evidence-based standards of care for mothers and their newborns, such as the World Health Organization’s Managing Complications in Pregnancy and Childbirth manual, developed in collaboration with Jhpiego, which reach thousands of users through Internet downloads and CD-ROM distribution.
- A 14-week, email-based course on family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH) for HIV/AIDS patients in low-resource settings; participants from 30 countries took part in the course.
- A monthly TrainerNews newsletter on FP/RH news and training tips, which was emailed to more than 1,600 reproductive health professionals in 80 countries, including 45 developing countries.
- Technology-assisted learning centers in pre-service and in-service institutions, which for 10 years promoted computer-based learning and the use of the Internet for FP/RH programs through 19 centers in nine countries.