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e-Learning courses managed by the World Bank Institute

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

The World Bank Institute launched an “e-Institute” in July 2011 which is designed to support self-motivated learners to get up to speed on the latest development trends, enhance their skill-sets, and share knowledge through on-line learning communities.

New courses on cross-cutting themes will featured regularly in addition to monthly webinars and other free resources.

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Successful Launching of Psychological First Aid (PFA) Seminar at WB TDLC

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

The first delivery of the Psychological First Aid (PFA): Mutual Support for Resiliency after Crisis, a distance learning seminar was launched on December 13, 2013 at the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (WB TDLC).

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Disability and Development Seminar Series Launched on December 3, International Day of Persons

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

The Disability and Development Seminar Series kicked off with its first session on December 3, 2013.

The session “Mental Well-being, Disability, and Development” organized jointly by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH), and the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (WB TDLC) featured a panel discussion on mental well-being within the context of disability and development. The discussion took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, in observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Senior Knowledge Management Officer Dr. Takashi Izutsu from WB TDLC moderated the panel from New York and the discussion was webcast live.

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TDLC Successfully Delivers Panel Discussion on Disaster Nursing for ACEM 2013

Friday, November 1st, 2013

In disaster situations where various levels of health care providers are present, nurses often serve as the first and closest as well as the one of the most accessible and sustainable contacts for patients and people affected by disasters. However, disaster nursing has a tendency to be marginalized in a broader international development agenda. The panel discussion “Disaster Nursing: Lessons Learned from Asian Countries” organized by the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) and the Asian Conference on Emergency Medicine (ACEM) was held on October 24, 2013 based on the need to address this tendency and to help focus international attention on this important aspect of emergency medicine.

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Preparing for Disaster: Report on 2nd Delivery of Disaster Nurse Training Course

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

An intensive 2 day training course on disaster nursing was successfully held in six countries in May 2012.  This course aimed to provide the essential foundation for disaster nursing to fill the need for specialized training for nurses to be able to respond effectively to disasters.

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Innovative training program for Vietnamese nurses

March 2012

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012


An innovative training-of- trainers (TOT) program to support nurse education in Vietnam has been developed by Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) in collaboration with AHP Network, and Vietnam Development Information Center (VDIC)

The program aims to improve the nurse education and training system; thus, to enhance the capacity of the overall healthcare workforce in Vietnam. While nurse education in medical universities and colleges has provided training on fundamental knowledge and skills in key clinical specializations; yet, there are subjects merely addressed as partial topics of a subject, rather than complete separate subjects. This has caused a lack of specific and practical knowledge and skills as required among nursing teachers in delivering lessons to students and among nurses in providing daily treatment to patients. The fields that were identified to be covered under this training course have included; Mental Health, Elderly Care and Home-based Nursing.

The TDLC plans to deliver the second delivery of Introduction to Psychiatric and Mental Nursing TOT in late summer, as well as to develop and deliver an Elderly Care TOT course in Fall 2012.

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Second Partograph Blended Learning Course

June, 2011

Monday, June 20th, 2011

The second Partograph Blended Learning Course was jointly organized by Tokyo Development Learning Center, The World Bank (TDLC), World Health Organization (WHO), and Kitasato University School of Nursing in June 2011.  212 participants from 8 countries joined the VC session on June 16, 2011.

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International Medical Cooperation in Madagascar

Reporting by Sister Makino and Sister Hirama

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Sister Makino and patient with her newborn baby at the Ave Maria Maternity Hospital. Antsirabe, Madagascar. Photo by Y. Fukunaga

105 participants crowded in to the video conference studio at the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC), on May 12, 2010 to listen to two Franciscan Sisters, Yukie Makino and Michiko Hirama talk about their experiences of working as medical staff in Madagascar.

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Blended Learning Course on Partograph: 9 Countries in Asia, Africa, and Middle East Represented

Monday, May 31st, 2010

286 participants from 9 countries joined the Blended Learning Course on Partograph, jointly organized by the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC), World Health Organization (WHO), and Kitasato University School of Nursing via video conference on April 28, 2010.

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The 3rd Mother and Child Health Training Program in Mongolia: Over 2200 participants since 2008

Monday, May 24th, 2010

The Mother and Child Health Training Program in Mongolia, jointly delivered annually by the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC), Kitasato University School of Nursing, and the Mongolian Nurses Association since 2008, hosted its third Training on April 15, 2010. This year, a new partner, the World Health Organization (WHO) joined and 543 Mongolian midwives and nurses participated in the training.

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Lecture Series: Women and Their Families—Health Services for Pregnancy and Child Care

Session 1: Strategies to Reduce Maternal Mortality Rates

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Yosef Hadar/World Bank

Together wtih Kitasato University School of Nursing and the WHO, TDLC has launched a new video conference series; “Women and their Families – Health Services for Pregnancy and Child Care.”

A wide range of issues of universal concern will be discussed by experts—safe motherhood, reproductive health, child care, and generic health. The first session was held in November by WHO expert Dr. Monir Islam.

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Happy Mothers, Happy Children Program: Behind the Scenes

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Program participants in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia raise their arms as they follow instructions from TDLC via video conference in an exercise to reduce stress, part of a lecture on psychological assessment and care during pregnancy and childbirth March 6, 2009. 

“Childbirth Nursing Training” or “Happy Mothers, Happy Children”, one of the core outreach programs at Tokyo Development Learning Center, is designed to train mother and child care specialists in Mongolia through distance learning. To date, hundreds of nurses have participated in the course. Here’s a look behind the scenes.

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