259638 International health workforce development enhancement in Senegal: The Peace Care partnership model

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Andrew Dykens, MD, MPH , Dept of Family Medicine, University of Illinois--Chicago, Chicago, IL
Karen E. Peters, DrPH , School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Tracy Irwin, MD MPH , Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Youssoupha Ndiaye, MD, MPH, PhD candidate , Health District of Saraya, Senegal Ministry of Health/Kendeya Community Health Partnership, Saraya, Senegal
Peace Care is a collaboration between the Peace Corps, US Health Care Training Programs, US Schools of Public Health, Global Health Experts, and Global Communities to improve health. The model borrows from a community participatory model of engagement that involves partnership formation, assessment, project development, project implementation, evaluation and dissemination. Peace Care prioritizes health workforce capacity building within local health care systems using community involvement to identify priority needs with the aim to positively impact on global health disparities. The Peace Care Senegal project involved a collaboration between the health district of Saraya, Senegal, the Peace Corps and a Peace Care team from the University of Illinois at Chicago. The priority issues identified from the community assessment were cervical cancer screening, sexually transmitted infections (STI) and diarrhea. Over a three week period the US Peace Care team implemented a train the trainers approach to cervical cancer screening using Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA) which trained 5 master trainers who subsequently trained 14 other local health care workers. A total of 81 women were screened. In addition, an STI training and case exchange was provided to 15 trainees and a diarrhea prevention education session was presented to 50 women in a small rural village. Efforts to sustain these workforce enhancement interventions include a planned 3 month follow-up training on VIA, continuous provision of technical assistance from the US through internet/social media, ongoing process and impact evaluations and a follow-up visit to introduce cryotherapy.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the Peace Care partnership model as a health workforce development enhancement strategy 2. Identify the 6 core components of the Peace Care partnership model 3. Assess the effectiveness of the Peace Care partnership model as a workforce enhancement strategy

Keywords: Global Education, Community-Based Partnership

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a physician with global health expertise and i am the founder of the Peace care organization involved in this work
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Peace care Global Health Advisory Committee/Board

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.