WCEA for Africa, Asia & the Middle East
Projects & Partners
If you have a project requiring access to nurses, midwives, doctors, clinical officers or pharmacists, please contact us to find out how we can help
The WCEA network comprises of more than 700,000 verified healthcare professionals throughout Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. If you need to reach this target audience, with the specific motivation to improve healthcare, we can help you do that.
2020 has changed the landscape for training and events. If you are running a health-related conference or webinar, we can not only host it for you, we can attract the attendees.
Whether you want us to help you run a webinar, conference, deliver education, or undertake a field study, we can do this in a highly targeted fashion.
A wealth of demographic information is retained about each healthcare professional, including age, experience, gender, location, employment status and many others. This helps us ensure that we maximize the impact of the communications and deliver relevant results.
There are multiple methods of engaging with the healthcare professionals, with over 700.000 of them subscribed to mobile notifications. These include our community platform, mobile app messages, emails, SMS and WhatsApp.
NEW BLENDED LEARNING COURSE
QUALITY OF CARE (QoC) IMPROVEMENT (QI)
Quality of care is the degree to which health services for individuals and populations increase the likelihood of desired health outcomes through effective, safe and people-centred care that responds to individual preferences, needs, and values.
To realize the benefits of quality in MNH, the quality of healthcare services ought to be timely, equitable, integrated, and efficient. Healthcare providers require competencies for integrating quality assessment for continuous improvement of the services they provide. As countries commit to achieving Health for All by the year 2030, it is necessary to consider the quality of care and health services provided to mothers and newborns throughout the continuum of pregnancy and childbirth.
LAUNCHED OCTOBER, 2023
COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM IN LIBERIA
WCEA is pleased to continue its partnership with New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing, the Liberian Board for Nursing and Midwifery (LBNM), and the Liberian Ministry of Health in a new research project.
An Assessment of Knowledge, Attitude, and Readiness to Care for the Aging among Liberian Nurses and Midwives is a Global Health Pilot Grant funded by NYU Langone’s Section for Global Health in the Institute for Excellence in Health Equity.
NEW LEARNING PATH
NEW PREVENTION TRAINING FOR PHARMACY PROVIDERS
In collaboration with Jhpiego, we are pleased to announce the arrival of the learning path “HIV Prevention Training for Pharmacy Providers in Kenya – Oral Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) and HIV Testing Services (HTS)”, which is available now on the WCEA learning platform.
In Kenya, private pharmacies fill an important gap in the healthcare system. Due to their convenience, privacy, and focus on customer satisfaction, private pharmacies may be desirable HIV prevention services access points for populations unwilling or unable to access services at public health facilities.
To date, 247 people have participated in the learning path from Kenya.
LAUNCHED DECEMBER, 2022
OPEN-ACCESS EDUCATION SERIES ON SICKLE CELL DISEASE
Sickle cell disease is one of the most common genetic diseases affecting millions of people worldwide. Healthcare professionals play an important role in providing support and care for patients and families with sickle cell disease, yet there is a gap in the availability of open-access education for healthcare professionals.
To address this gap, the Centre for Global Child Health at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives (GCMN), as part of the SickKids-Ghana Paediatric Nursing Education Partnership, developed a suite of online courses hosted by the WCEA.
To date, over 24,000 people have participated in the three available courses under the initiative.
LAUNCHED NOVEMBER, 2022
BUILDING TRUST & EMPATHY AROUND COVID-19
USAID-funded Breakthrough ACTION-Nigeria in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, National Agency for the Control of AIDS, National AIDS/STI Control Programme, and PEPFAR implementing partners developed the “Building Trust and Empathy Around COVID-19” training program.
The training program builds upon global and local evidence on the COVID-19 response and complements the National Interpersonal Communication and Counselling manual.
The 2-day in-person training program has been successfully adapted into a 2- to 3-hour online course that can be completed for continuing professional development (CPD) credits.
LAUNCHED OCTOBER, 2022
PARTNERS UNITE TO PROVIDE ORAL HEALTH EDUCATION FOR NURSES AND MIDWIVES
In a global first, Colgate has partnered with C3 Collaborating for Health (C3), the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation (CNMF), and the World Continuing Education Alliance (WCEA) to raise awareness about the importance of oral health and elevate the need for oral health education
for nurses and midwives in practice.
The initiative is part of Colgate’s Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Program and will combine an online survey with the development of an online continuing
professional development module on oral health.
To date, 840 learners have participated in Kenya, South Africa, and Tanzania.
LAUNCHED SEPTEMBER, 2022
MDI PROGRAM FOR AFRICAN HEALTHCARE WORKERS
The Global Business School Network (GBSN), with funding support from the Johnson & Johnson Foundation, launches the MDI training program that includes a curriculum of nine modules in a mobile format designed for frontline healthcare workers in Africa.
Mobile MDI provides access to content from GBSN’s previous experience delivering a one-week, face-to-face residential version of the program. It is intended as the foundation for healthcare professionals to continue their development as managers.
GBSN has partnered with the World Continuing Education Alliance (WCEA) to provide the technology platform and related support.
Since the launch, more than 76,000 courses have been taken.
LAUNCHED AUGUST, 2022
NEW ANC & PNC BLENDED LEARNING PACKAGE
WCEA launches New Blended Learning Program in collaboration with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine(LSTM).
The antenatal and postnatal program is being launched on a trial basis in 4 countries in Sub Saharian Africa i.e. Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Zanzibar.
The program is a mix of e-learning, virtual learning, and live clinical training.
The ANC & PNC courses are relevant not only for nurses and midwives, but also for all clinically trained persons providing antenatal and postnatal services including doctors, clinical officers, and medical assistants.
LAUNCHED MAY 23, 2022
NEW APPROACH: BLENDED LEARNING
Following the launch of the Oral Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis HIV module, Jhpiego in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Botswana & The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Botswana has developed a new approach to the E-learning component of the course, called Expanding on Oral Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis.
The blended learning course combines in-person and online learning and practice activities focused on building and strengthening the capacity of a health worker to provide clinical management of client selection and use of oral PrEP. The total amount of hours estimated for completion is 8 hours.
Practice activities focused on building and strengthening the capacity of a health worker to provide clinical management of client selection and use of oral PrEP
Module 1 – Explaining PrEP to a Client/Intake
Module 2 – Establish Client Understanding and Build Rapport Help the New Person
Module 3 – Understanding Eligibility (Sorting)
Module 4 – Addressing Continuation Issues/When to Stop
As part of Jhpiego’s partnership with the World Continuing Education Alliance (WCEA) & their combined commitment to reach health care providers worldwide with up-to-date skills and knowledge, the blended learning will be delivered through mandatory online learning on the World Continuing Education Alliance portal.
MIDWIFERY EDUCATOR CPD PROGRAMME
As part of the ‘AIME: Alliance to Improve Midwifery Education’ project, LSTM’s Quality of Care unit in collaboration with the UNFPA Midwifery branch, in collaboration with the Nursing Council of Kenya, and midwifery educators in Kenya, has developed the first blended learning midwifery educator CPD package for sustaining and improving the educators’ competencies in the delivery of their teaching, assessments, mentoring and feedback to students.
This CPD package is linked to the ICM essential competencies for midwifery practice and meets the requirements of Nursing and Midwifery Councils in low- and middle-income countries such as Kenya.
This package will be delivered through mandatory online learning on the World Continuing Education Alliance portal, optional webinars, and face-to-face sessions focusing on upskilling midwifery educators on practical aspects of teaching clinical skills.
NEW SERIES OF E-LEARNING RESOURCES LAUNCHES ON KEY LIFE SAVING SKILLS
Global Launch of CPD modules to keep providers up-to-date on the latest evidence on key maternal newborn health topics. These resources can be used to strengthen pre-service education and continue professional development (CPD). They are now available globally via the WCEA App.
The 4 e-courses cover the following topics: Sepsis; Prolonged and Obstructed Labor; Postpartum Hemorrhage; Pre-Eclampsia and Eclampsia. Since the launch, 168,000 courses have been taken.
The online modules and mobile app are open to all healthcare providers and the CPD courses are available in English, French, Portuguese, Arabic, and Russian.
IMPROVING THE EDUCATION
BLENDED LEARNING INITIATIVE WITH LSTM
Improving the quality of maternal and newborn care is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal targets for maternal and newborn health. A key component of this is ensuring that the skilled health providers in place are competent and confident to provide such care. The Emergency Obstetric Care and Quality of Care unit at LSTM work with partners to improve the quality of pre-service midwifery and medical education and continuous professional education systems for skilled health providers, midwifery, and medical faculty.
To increase the reach of the educational opportunities we provide, we have partnered with the World Continuing Education Alliance (WCEA).
STARTED SEPTEMBER 13, 2021
FOR NURSES AND MIDWIVES IN GHANA
Ghana College for Nurses and Midwives, Nursing & Midwifery Council of Ghana and Sick Kids Centre for Global Health
The COVID-19 response project is a continuation of the SickKids-Ghana Paediatric Nursing Education Partnership (PNEP), a partnership between The Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives (GCNM) and the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health with financial support from the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada. The courses were developed in collaboration with key stakeholders including Ghana Health Service (GHS), the Ministry of Health, Ghana, and the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Ghana (N&MC) who shared their expertise and experience to develop the high-quality courses. COVID-19 has highlighted the critical need for a cadre of well-trained health professionals in front-line care delivery to reduce preventable mortality and improve the well-being of children and their families.
A key activity in this project is the development of online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses that provide healthcare professionals in Ghana with knowledge and skills to care for patients in the COVID-19 era. The suite of courses titled ‘COVID-19 in Ghana ‘Promoting Physical & Mental Health of Children, Families, and Health Workers’ includes the topics of health prevention and promotion, child and adolescent health, vaccine communication and behaviour change, all eligible for CPD points.
To ensure the courses are accessible to as many users across Ghana as possible, the WCEA platform has been selected to host the courses. The WCEA platform enables users to download the course, so there is no dependency on a stable internet connection promoting equitable access. In addition, WCEA’s platform already has over 176.000 healthcare workers on the platform in Ghana. We look forward to more healthcare workers registering and taking up the courses and building their capacity in response to COVID-19.
WCEA PLATFORM MAKING TRAINING RESOURCES MORE ACCESSIBLE TO MIDWIVES IN BANGLADESH
This program is in its 4th Year and it is part of a twinning project between the UNFPA and the Royal College of Midwives. WCEA is supporting the Bangladesh Midwifery Society with a technology platform to make training resources more accessible to midwives in Bangladesh.
The program is supported by training resources from the UN Agencies, Medical Aid Films, Global Health Media Projects, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and many others.
COUNTRY EXPERIENCES IN SCALING UP HIV ORAL PRE-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS
A new partnership is ensuring increased and improved access to high-quality education for frontline health workers. As part of Jhpiego’s commitment to reach health care providers worldwide with up-to-date skills and knowledge, and to make learning accessible anytime, anywhere, we’ve partnered with the World Continuing Education Alliance (WCEA) to host and share our eLearning content on its digital continuing professional development (CPD) platform. This partnership brings learning opportunities directly to the screens of health care providers wherever they are.
The project focus was coordinating a virtual CPD webinar on country Experiences in scaling up Oral Pre- Exposure Prophylaxis HIV in Africa. The webinar was attended by 1680 healthcare providers in Africa.
WCEA was responsible for adapting the Oral Pre- Exposure Prophylaxis HIV module and ensuring it could be consumed by healthcare providers in Africa on a smartphone. The course was launched on the platform on 2nd of March 2021 and to date it has been taken by 59,000 healthcare providers in Africa.
COLLABORATION WITH WCEA
WHO LABOUR CARE GUIDE
Achieving zero preventable maternal death by 2030 will remain an illusion unless the current efforts are accelerated three fold in the remaining 9 years. UNFPA ESARO along with WHO and UNICEF regional offices established a new partnership with a technology company World Continuing Education (WCEA) in September 2020 to scale up and speed up our action on building capacity of midwives and nurses by using digital learning platforms.
– New partnership was established with WCEA and the 3 UN Agencies in the ESARO region as a digital platform. WCEA, similar to the UN agencies, believes in leveraging partnerships & technology for capacity building and scaling up in the training of healthcare providers. WCEA also brings in broader partnership with providers such as Jhpiego, Maternity Foundation, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics, Aga Khan SONAM and UoP.
– Before the partnership with WCEA, the three UN agencies have conducted 13 bimonthly webinars from April 2020 to September 2020 reaching a total of 1,500 participants. While using the WCEA platform it was possible to reach 3,320 participants in just 3 webinars organized between February and March 2021. This shows the enormous reach of the WCEA platform and the ability to easily connect with healthcare providers across Africa.
The virtual learning through e-learning modules reached more than 91,000 healthcare workers(3.560 through webinars and 88,190 through e-learning). The modules are all available in English, French & Portuguese.
As COVID-19 spread across the globe, the Johnson & Johnson Center for Health Worker Innovation began strategizing how to support frontline health workers in low- and mid-income settings.
One early result was the formation of a new collective partnership with funding from the Johnson & Johnson Foundation among three of their partners, The World Continuing Education Alliance (WCEA), The Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery East Africa (AKU) and the International Council of Nurses (ICN).
Together, we set out to design a mechanism to deliver vital training and education opportunities to frontline health workers managing dual imperatives: to prevent and treat COVID-19 while also providing primary health care amidst a potentially devastating interruption of health services, particularly in already fragile health systems.