Mauritius Institute of Health 2005 Course announcement
58th Regional Training of Trainers course in Reproductive Health
with special emphasis on Family Planning
2 May - 10 June 2005
The Regional Training Programme for Reproductive Health with
special emphasis on Family Planning is supported by the Govern-
ment of Mauritius, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA),
the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other international
To contribute to the health and socio-economic development in
Africa and the region by improving the Reproductive Health (RH)
status of the population through the provision of Training of
Trainers programmes for Reproductive Health.
The Mauritius Institute of Health which has inherited the struc-
tures of the previous Regional Training Centre in Family Health
set up by UNFPA in collaboration with WHO, has been organising
national and international courses in the field of Reproductive
Health since 1982.
To date 53 courses have been conducted and more than 1200 health
professionals comprising physicians, nurses, nurse/midwives and
tutors from 44 countries of Africa and countries outside the re-
gion such as Maldives and Nepal, have been trained. In its en-
deavour to guarantee the quality of training and to constantly
raise its standard, the Project calls upon national and interna-
tional consultants. In this field it also enlists the collabora-
tion of national and international organisations.
Apart from the TOT courses the Programme organises tailor-made
courses and study tours on specific aspects of RH/FP for health
professionals from several countries.
In response to requests, the Programme has provided technical
support in the organisation of in-country courses in Comores,
Madagascar, Seychelles and Tchad to meet specific needs of those
LOCATION AND HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
The courses are conducted at the Mauritius Institute of Health
in Pamplemousses, Mauritius. This island known as the ?Star and
Key of the Indian Ocean? is a favourite tourist destination. The
cultural diversity, bilingualism and hospitality of its people
on the one hand, and its political stability and economic pro-
gress on the other, make it an ideal environment for visitors.
Furthermore, the success of its FP programme (winner of the UN
Gold Medal Award 1990), makes of it a privileged venue for
training in matters relating to RH.
TRAINING OF TRAINERS FOR REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH WITH EMPHASIS ON
While strengthening competencies in Reproductive Health, this
training of trainers course in its present version places par-
ticular emphasis on the development of competencies in Educa-
tional Methodology that will enable the participants to play a
leading role in the design, implementation and evaluation of
relevant training programmes in their own countries.
The six-week course consists of two integrated and complementary
Module 1: Reproductive Health
Concept, rationale and component of reproductive health
Youth / Adolescent Reproductive Health
Abortion: Prevention and Management of complications
Diseases of the Reproductive tract
Reproductive Health Services for refugees and displaced people
Quality of care
FP methods: Natural methods, Barrier, Chemical, Intrauterine de-
vices, Hormonal contraception and Surgical methods
Family Planning in Mauritius
Module 2: Educational Methodology
Learning needs assessment
Teaching/learning methods: project, lecture, self-directed and
contract learning, problem-based learning, group discussion,
demonstration, role play and panel discussion
Measurement of learning: cognitive and psychomotor and affective
Component skills in teaching
Organisation and management of a training programme
Evaluation of a training programme
During this placement in health and educational centres, par-
ticipants are given the opportunity to attain specific objec-
tives in areas of personal need through the implementation of a
COUNTRY TRAINING PROJECTS
In parallel with the different steps in instructional design and
educational planning, as they are addressed and mastered during
the course, participants grouped in country teams, elaborate a
country training course focused on a priority country need in
reproductive health. Participants are encouraged to identify
those country needs in collaboration with local authorities,
prior to their departure for Mauritius.
The learner-centered approach favoured in this course gives am-
ple opportunity to participants to adopt an active role in their
learning and empowers them for life-long education. A wide range
of methods adapted to reproductive health training is modelled
with appropriate use of teaching learning aids throughout the
A feature of this course is an initiation to information tech-
nology and to the Internet as a learning resource in a well-
equipped computer laboratory at participants? disposal through-
out the course.
Evaluation comprises two components:
(i) Evaluation of content, facilitators, methodology and organi-
sation of the course by the participants
(ii) Assessment of participants by the professional staff on the
achievement of learning objectives in theoretical knowledge,
teaching skills and their application to training activities.
A pre-test is administered at the beginning of the course to as-
sess the level of pre-requisite skills to the course, and to
identify the strengths and weaknesses of participants in rela-
tion to the course content so that areas requiring special em-
phasis can be determined.
A post-test administered at the end of the course is one of sev-
eral tools used for assessment of learning.
PROFILE OF PARTICIPANT
The course is designed for health professionals from different
disciplines, who are directly and actively involved in training
or training administration for reproductive health. They include
members of in-service training teams, supervisors / programme
managers, lecturers / tutors in professional (medical, nursing
and midwifery) schools. This approach mirrors the multidiscipli-
nary nature of primary health care and encourages mutual profes-
sional understanding and the sharing of experiences. Partici-
pants should have undergone basic training in family planning /
contraceptive technology for a minimum of 2 months duration af-
ter their primary professional training.
The tuition fees of each participant is US$ 2,500
Sponsoring agencies will be also responsible for the travel ar-
rangements of participants and the living allowance for the time
spent in Mauritius. Those agencies will be expected to provide
participants with the airline ticket as well as an advance in
foreign currency for the days spent in transit for both legs of
The living allowances for each participant is calculated accord-
ing to the UN stipend rate for Mauritius.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
During the course, a series of socio-cultural activities are or-
ganised to enable participants to visit sites in Mauritius and
appreciate local folk music.
Participants are booked in hotels or hostels of their choice in
the vicinity of the Institute. Transport is provided between
their place of accommodation and the Institute.
PROGRAMME A LA CARTE
Apart from the series of Training of Trainers Courses for Repro-
ductive Health, the programme offers other types of services,
according to the specific needs of the countries of the region.
For example, in-country courses in Reproductive Health/Family
Planning, have been conducted in various countries. Those are a
condensed version of the six-week Training of Trainers Course
modified to meet their specific needs.
Participants are generally nominated by their governments. Fi-
nancial sponsorship is available from international agencies op-
erating in the health and population fields such as the UNFPA
and the WHO. However, other potential sources of funding are:
German Technical Corporation, World Bank, UNICEF, Family Guid-
ance Association of Ethiopia, Ministry of Health, Save the Chil-
dren Fund, International Planned Parenthood Federation, UNHCR,
Margaret Sanger, KIT Royal Tropical Institute, JHPIEGO, EDF,
United States Agency for International Development (USAID), SADC
HOW TO APPLY
Prospective candidates are invited to submit their applications
directly to the Mauritius Institute of Health and apply for
sponsorship to potential agencies.
Application forms and further information can be obtained upon
Mauritius Institute of Health
Regional Training Programme for Reproductive Health
Tel: +230-243-4268; +230-243-3772; +230-243-3698
Fax: +230-243-4014; +230-243-3270