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Mauritius Institute of Health 2005 Course announcement
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58th Regional Training of Trainers course in Reproductive Health 
with special emphasis on Family Planning
2 May - 10 June 2005
 
INTRODUCTION
 
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 
agencies. 
 
OBJECTIVES
 
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.
 
EXPERIENCE
 
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 
countries.
 
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 
FAMILY PLANNING
 
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.
 
COURSE CONTENT
 
The six-week course consists of two integrated and complementary 
modules:
Module 1: Reproductive Health
 
Concept, rationale and component of reproductive health
Safe motherhood
Youth / Adolescent Reproductive Health
Abortion: Prevention and Management of complications
Diseases of the Reproductive tract
STDs, HIV/AIDS
Infertility
Reproductive Health Services for refugees and displaced people
Gender issues
Traditional practices
Quality of care
FP methods: Natural methods, Barrier, Chemical, Intrauterine de-
vices, Hormonal contraception and Surgical methods
Counselling
Family Planning in Mauritius
 
Module 2: Educational Methodology
 
Communication skills
Group dynamics
Learning needs assessment
Task analysis
Educational Objectives
Teaching/learning methods: project, lecture, self-directed and 
contract learning, problem-based learning, group discussion, 
demonstration, role play and panel discussion
Teaching/learning aids
Measurement of learning: cognitive and psychomotor and affective 
domains
Lesson planning
Component skills in teaching
Instructor evaluation
Curriculum planning
Organisation and management of a training programme
Evaluation of a training programme
 
ELECTIVES
 
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 
learning contract.
 
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.
 
METHODOLOGY
 
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 
course.
 
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
 
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.
 
 
TRAINING COSTS
 
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 
journey.
 
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.
 
ACCOMMODATION
 
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.
 
FUNDING
 
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 
among others.
 
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 
request from:
Executive Director
Mauritius Institute of Health
Regional Training Programme for Reproductive Health
Powder Mill
Pamplemousses
Mauritius
Tel: +230-243-4268; +230-243-3772; +230-243-3698
Fax: +230-243-4014; +230-243-3270
mailto:indumih@intnet.mu
mailto:mihealth@intnet.mu

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