PCF5: Open and distance learning for health worker training

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Title of session

Open and distance learning for health worker training

Session details

  • Date: 17 July 2008
  • Time: 11:00-12:30
  • Room: Clarke Hall

Session papers

  • Syed Shahzad Shah, A case study on role of distance education in preventive to curative health and nutrition issues, (200)
  • Shubhangi Vaidya, Capacity building for carers of children with learning disabilities (313)

Key Issues that arose in the session

  • ODL can be used for medical matters
  • some experience is preferrable
  • Useful for continueing education that is not received in formal training
  • Addresses the needs of the country
  • Disability in the developing world is not an individual problem but often a family problem, marginalisation occurs
  • ODL offers an opportunity to reach these marginalised groups
  • has potential to create circles of support

Points for future action (Policy, recommendations, commitments etc.)

  • ODL for medical education needs to be developed and designed according to national and prioritised needs
  • disability requires ODL attention
  • Can lead to circles of support for marginalised groups
  • ODL for carers of disability needs focus