Alternative training models for strengthening health worker capacity to implement the Integrated Management of Newborn and Childhood Illness (IMNCI) strategy in Uganda

Publish Date: November 2019
Author: MCSP

In October 2017, MCSP, alongside the RHITES partners, collaborated with the WHO and the MOH to pilot two alternative training approaches for implementation of the Integrated Management of Newborn and Childhood Illness (IMNCI) strategy — the distance learning model developed by WHO and the short-interrupted course model developed by the MOH — to roll out the essential child health care package. The MOH required a proof of concept pilot to demonstrate the feasibility and acceptability of the model in Uganda. The short-interrupted course model was developed in Uganda to address previously experienced bottlenecks to IMNCI scale-up but had not yet been tested. The overall purpose of the pilot of the two models was to generate learning to inform the model that will be used for the roll-out of IMNCI. For each approach the pilot aimed to determine: feasibility and acceptability; specific costs involved; and effectiveness in improving health worker IMNCI knowledge and skills. This document reports the results, lessons learned, and recommendations to Uganda’s MOH from piloting of the two alternative approaches.