UNIMAK has developed this imaginative proposal to strengthen the health system by offering training at a tertiary level for all cadres of health workers:
SCHOOL OF HEALTH
- Description of the project
- Short to medium term
- Long term
- Business plan
Since its establishment in 2005 as Fatima Institute, the University of Makeni has developed its curriculum and activities around addressing development in the country. Such development in any country has always been intrinsically linked to the achievement of adequate health services for the population. Health, together with education, is a sine qua non factor for wealth. Despite the advancements of the country made in the last decade, the Sierra Leone Health system is still weak and limited, and one of the main reasons is the lack of professionals in the health sector.
In the light of several of the challenges faced by the national Ebola viral disease response, UNIMAK is considering how to build capacity for the future. The Ebola crisis has pointed out the need for the training of staff and providing resources in the health sector. The weak health sector in the West African countries has clearly demonstrated the need for the tertiary institutions to position themselves in order to address the urgent need to fill the gap in the heath sector.
Strengthen the health system by offering training at a tertiary level for all cadres of health workers
- Construction of a building, including laboratories to strengthen the existing undergraduate degree program in Public Health.
- Offering a diploma and post graduate program in tropical infectious disease for health workers
- Training of laboratory technicians and other skill workers in infectious diseases
- Strengthening the existing mental health program and explore the possibility of a diploma in mental health for nurses
Description Of The Program
The University is already running an undergraduate program in Public Health and a training program on Mental Health for nurses and other related health workers. These programs could be scaled up in to full blown School of Health which could include post-graduate programs on infectious or viral diseases similar to the East African Diploma started by the London School of Hygiene. This School could offer degrees in nursing and public health, and post graduate diplomas on areas from mental health to infectious diseases.
What would be needed initially are clinical laboratories and classrooms for the classes and offices. We are exploring the possibility of linkages with Universities in Europe for collaborating in providing teaching staff to train students and local staff. Land is readily available as the University has bought three hundred acres of land for further expansion of new facilities.
Short Term To Medium Term
There is already an establish Department of Public Health offering an undergraduate degree for four years. This could be expanded to include a module on infectious tropical disease or could start a new post graduate diploma in tropical disease similar to the East African Tropical disease program.
Another short term possibility could be the Mental Health Studies with a diploma or a certificate in psychology. The University of Sierra Leone is already running the diploma and certificate in Mental Health.
The long term project could be a Faculty with interrelated departments of Nursing, Mental Health, Dentistry and Medicine.
A – Infrastructure : classrooms. materials and equipment, salaries
B- Staff : local and expatriate, volunteers and staff development
There is already an existing public health and mental staff at the University.There is an additional staff from the Holy Spirit hospital with specialization in infectious and tropical disease and there is also the possibility of networking with the team of health specialists in the country and the University of San Pablo, Madrid and other partners.