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Happy Mothers, Happy Children

A New Blended Learning Program to Train Mother and Child Health Care Specialists in Mongolia

Session 1: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
9:30 - 17:30 (Mongolia time)
10:30 - 18:30 (Japan time)

Session 2: Thursday, May 22, 2008
9:30 - 17:30 (Mongolia time)
10:30 - 18:30 (Japan time)

View the archived webcast.


imageHealth care specialists are in urgent demand in Mongolia, yet poor infrastructure, lack of English and computer skills inhibit access to basic information, making systemic education difficult.

To counter these challenges, the TDLC and Kitasato University have developed a much needed blended learning program to train mother and child health care specialists in Mongolia. In addition to the program’s outreach, made possible by technologies such as videoconference, this program is unique in its commitment to long term capacity building.

Working with the support of the Mongolian Nursing Association, the program begins on April 30th with a course consisting of 8 lessons given over 2 days by Kitasato University lecturers, bringing the latest knowledge from Japan directly to local practitioners.

Upon completion, participants will be encouraged to teach the course to at least 10 practitioners each, amounting to more than 2000 trained in total. Participants will also create a new textbook in Mongolian based on course material, ensuring that it is fully compatible with local conditions. Kitasato University will coordinate with local instructors to guide the process throughout, greatly enhancing the scale and impact of training.

A Mongolian version of the mother-and-child handbooks that are popularly used in Japan to monitor health conditions is being developed for use in the course as well as for general distribution.

Connceting sites
Health Sciences University of Mongolia (3 sites), Mongolia Development Learning Center (GDLN), Mongolia-Japan Center for Human Resources Development, TDLC

Over 880 mother and child health care practitioners from universities, hospitals and medical care centers

Syllabus for Session 1
“Introduction to Midwifery”; “Maternal, Newborn and Child Health” covering global trends, the role of nurses, Japan’s experience”; “Midwifery Diagnosis in Pregnancy and Health Examination” . Presentations from Mongolia will be made identifying issues and challenges in the local mother and child health situation, the role of nurses, and training needs. Local discussions and fieldwork will also be conducted.


Kitasato University, Mongolian Nursing Association

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Support Mother and Child Health

Basic medicine, basic knowledge is still an elusive goal for many who live in developing countries. We need your support to continue this program in Mongolia and other regions including Africa.

For questions or if you or your organization is interested, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at the TDLC.

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Kitasato University, Mongolian Nursing Association

Related Links

Kitasato University (in Japanese)

Mongolia-Japan Center for Human Resources Development

Mongolia Development Learning Center (GDLN affiliate)

Find out more

World Bank/ Labor and Social Protection/Mongolia

WHO World Health Report 2006 - Working Together for Health
This report contains an expert assessment of the current crisis in the global health workforce and ambitious proposals to tackle it over the next ten years. It reveals an estimated shortage of almost 4.3 million doctors, midwives, nurses and support workers worldwide.

The organizers would like to thank Jeeyeon Seo (World Bank Institute) for designing the logo for this program.

Program Categories:

Global Health


Health, Nutrition & Population

Program Regions

East Asia and the Pacific

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