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Self-directed medical e-learning in Zambia, Africa

How self-directed e-learning contributes to graduate training for Medical Licentiates

Zambia has a severe shortage of human resources for health, particularly in rural areas. In 2002, the first students joined the Medical Licentiate Practitioner (MLP) program at Chainama College of Health Sciences (CCHS) in the Zambian capital Lusaka. This cadre was introduced to alleviate the shortage of human resources in curative care and is predominantly conducted as on the job training in decentralised teaching hospitals throughout Zambia. However, the program faces major challenges such as staff shortages of senior medical teachers and scarcity of learning materials. To address these challenges, we introduced a self-directed e-learning platform with an offline tablet-component as part of a training support project. In addition, the e-learning intervention is nested within a blended learning approach to supplement teaching and training.

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Institute of Public Health, Heidelberg University, Germany

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