Free Ebola Webinar Series: “Training Health Workers for Ebola—Protection, Detection, and Response”

Frontline health workers in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia are responding to the largest Ebola outbreak in history. To protect themselves and their communities, health workers responding to Ebola need clear, reliable, and timely information on how to detect the disease, prevent its spread, and care for patients.

To respond to this crisis, mPowering Frontline Health Workers and IntraHealth International approached TechChange to deliver a free online webinar series on “Training Health Workers for Ebola—Protection, Detection, and Response”. In these webinars, more than 15 international and in-country health organizations will share information with participants on how to support health workers responding to Ebola. The four one-hour webinars will air on October 21, 23, 28, and 30, each starting at 10:00 am EDT.

The webinars are open to all, and we welcome participation from as diverse an audience as possible. This includes Ministries of Health, health workers, community leaders, program implementers (in-country and international), policy makers, and others. Health professionals from over 15 countries have already signed up, and participants represent government, health care facilities, international NGOs, and civil society, and other sectors.

The presentations and discussions in the webinars will (1) describe how to leverage available resources to train, support, and communicate with frontline health workers and others involved in the direct Ebola response through mobile technology; (2) consider ways to connect implementers to resources, collaborators, and sources of information; and (3) explore how to improve opportunities to enable implementers and programmers to share efforts, collaborate, and avoid duplication.

Webinar schedule:
October 21: Learning and information needs for frontline health workers
October 23: Health system support for frontline health workers
October 28: Community mobilization and interactions with clients
October 30: Data to support effective response and case management

All live sessions will be held from 10.00-11.00am EDT. For those who cannot attend the webinar sessions live, all webinars will be recorded and available here after the air dates.

These webinars are being supported by a 4-week discussion in the Health Information for All (HIFA) forums and we invite you to join and add your views. In addition, IntraHealth and mPowering are launching an online Ebola Resource Center for participants and others to share messages, training content, guidance documents, and other information. This site will also be a place for programs to share information about their work and to connect to others for support, ideas and collaboration. The Ebola Resource Center will launch on October 21.

If you and/or your organization have content on Ebola that you would like to share in the Resource Center, please email Dave Potenziani at Intrahealth at dpotenziani [at] intrahealth [dot] org.

We look forward to meeting you in the webinars & invite you to participate in the conversations in the HIFA forum.

You can find the webinar page and registration information at https://www.techchange.org/live-events/training-health-workers-for-ebola/.

Please share this information on this webinar series information with anyone interested in responding to the Ebola outbreak.

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  • The Nigeria experience in fighting Ebola has been described as good practice worthy of replicating in other African and non African countries. On detection of the disease, every public place: vis schools, churches, mosques, hospitals, airports, markets, meeting halls, hotels, entertainment centers, toll plazas, civil service secretariats, government and non- government office etc. must introduce the use of digital temperature scanners and gauges as was done in Nigeria. The public awareness and sensitization initiative was very active to the point that even “rumors” and un-confirmed information on EVD were all treated as varied materials to work with. No information was neglected. The dangers of EVD was bloated and canvassed in the media such that even the rural communities were the ones generating half-baked information on the disease. This afforded the Ministry of Health and the Federal Government opportunity to gauge the level of awareness the rural people have on the subject to know where to come in. I will share this experience. Early one morning during the heat of Ebola infestation in Nigeria, a very close maternal Aunty of mine called me on the phone. It was quite un-usual call and I was put in the state of panic as I picked the call. Quite un-usual because it has always been my role to call the old woman. “Is that Chris” her jerky voice asked. “Yes Aunty. its me. Is everything alright?” I asked panicky. “Yes. Please make sure that you and all your family members put salt in warm water and take your bath before any of you go out today. I was reliably informed that this is the only panacea for Ebola. Thank you. I do not have enough call credit, please call the other of your brothers. Bye” she quickly dropped the call. There was a feeling of both belief and un-belief in me. The summary of it was that me and my family had salt bath. When I got to the office, the story was that everybody in Nigeria had a salt bath that same day. In fact 7th August has been declared “Nigeria Salt Bath Day”. on the average over 90% of the 170 million Nigerians. For detection of EVD, the government agencies and the public must be educated to know how to detect symptoms and manifestations of EVD. I will share ideas on Cure and Prevention later