Outcome measures

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The ultimate outcome measurement for the Newborn Care Course project would of course be a reduction in neonatal mortality in the areas where we work.  There are so many confounding factors in any clean data that is actually collected that it is almost impossible to prove that one intervention like this has any statistically significant […]

Di Pikin no don die 

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This is what we are aiming for! It was noticeable that when Cameroonian candidates were role-playing a scenario, for example giving the baby to the mother after a successful resuscitation, they would speak to her in Pidgin English (sometimes called Kamtok in Cameroon). One of the candidates used the sentence above.  It means ‘the baby […]

Traffic light comprehension

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    With some French and some English speakers (and some hard to understand UK accents) we wanted to be sure that learners could hear and understand everything they were being taught.   Jarlath initiated his ‘traffic light system’, whereby everyone was given a piece of paper with a red light drawn on it.  They were […]

Civil unrest affects healthcare in Cameroon

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Because of the civil unrest in Cameroon, some participants from the North West and South West Regions, which are the worst affected by violence, had difficulty travelling.  There are weekly ‘ghost towns and ‘lock downs’ in these regions, when no shops or schools are open and there is no public transport. Nurses and doctors are […]

The baby who won’t live long

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Cameroonian doctors and nurses were entirely responsible for the teaching on the course on this occasion. They rose to the challenge; time keeping being the only aspect which needs a bit of work still.  Stella, one of the younger teachers, gave an inspirational talk on ‘The baby who won’t live long’, which is one of […]

Trainers undeterred by building works

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Jarlath and Alison have been in Yaounde, Cameroon to support Cameroonian Instructors who were teaching on their first or second courses following their training as Newborn Care Instructors. The courses were being run in the Cameroon Baptist Convention Resource Centre, in Mvan a suburb of Yaoundé.   This is a new centre, and building was still […]

Sustainability, here we come!

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Julia recently spoke at a national conference on “The challenge of sustainability” in newborn care training.  NICHE International’s vision of the Holy Grail of sustainability is in the slide below: There is much written on skills decay over time and the lack of sustainability in the model of flying outside instructors to a country for […]