A new blended learning program to train mother and child health care specialists in Mongolia was launched on April 30, 2008. Organized by the TDLC and Kitasato University’s School of Nursing, with the cooperation of the Mongolian Nursing Association, the full day lecture was delivered to a total of 440 participants at 5 sites in Ulaan Bataar and other rural locations.
At many venues, the turnout was much greater than expected, underscoring the urgent need for vocational training programs: the serious attitude projected by students in packed rooms deeply impressed speakers in Tokyo, and provided them with an opportunity to explore new modes of education.
The first session covered 3 university-level lectures given by Kitasato University’s School of Nursing Dean Mari Takahasi on “Introduction to Midwifery”, Associate Proffesor Etsuko Kamisawa on “Midwifery Diagnosis in Pregnancy”, as well as Lecturer Yae Yoshino on “Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Global Trends and Role of Nurses”.
The lectures provided an opportunity for in-depth discussions on difficult questions involving bio-ethics. “There are no clear answers” said Dean Takahashi, “but the process to reach a suitable solution is very important”. Mongolian participants were also keen to learn about Japan’s experience, from efforts to improve health indicators for mothers, newborns and children, to the education system for nurses and midwives.
From Mongolia, B.Azjargal, a nursing teacher at Etugen University, gave a presentation on the current maternal and child health care situation in Ulaan Baatar emphasizing the need to raise the quality of education. Azjargal pointed out that the training curriculum for obstetrics did not conform to international standards, and continuing education for midwives was insufficient.
S.Dulamsuren, Uvurkhangai Province Health Department officer, provided an overview of the situation in his province, and outlined priority issues such as promoting breast feeding and improving health and nutrition of mothers and newborns.
Although capacity building in the health sector is an important agenda in development assistance, distance learning which “blends” various technologies and learning methods is still a rarity in nursing education. Through the implementation of this program, various advantages were noted, including:
The second session, including lectures on abnormal delivery, newborn health check and assessment, will be conducted on May 22nd.
The following sites connected for this program:
For details, see the program page.
Find out how this program was developed, with inspiration from Mongolian nurses.