Training of trainers strengthens Central African health system

Cordaid started a major training project in the Central African Republic: a training of trainers in the supply chain and in the management of health products.

This training, which started on November 21, is part of our three health programs PASS (Health System Support Program) implemented by the Cordaid – Hera – Assomesca consortium and financed by the World Bank.

In a country with just 2 medical doctors and 5 nurses per 100,000 people, it is crucial to strengthen and expand health services.

Béatrice Looijenga, Cordaid health program manager

During 4 days we will train about 20 pharmacists and doctors from the Ministry of Health at the central and regional level. The pharmacists and doctors will in turn train at least 300 health care providers (heads of health centers) and members of district management teams, in 3 of the 7 health zones of the Central African Republic.

Important to strengthen local health services

Béatrice Looijenga, health program manager: “In a country with just 2 medical doctors and 5 nurses per 100,000 people, it is crucial to strengthen and expand health services. This is why training Central African medical staff is so important. It will have a knock-on effect throughout the health system of the country.”

Read the WHO health profile of the Central African Republic. And read more about what Cordaid does to strengthen the country’s health system.

“We just finished the first day”, says Samson Maronga, one of Cordaid’s four trainers. “All participants gave it their best and are enthusiastic. They can’t wait to start training health care providers in other parts of the country.”

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One of the hospitals participating in our health program. (© Cordaid)

Our 3 health programs support 229 health facilities including 11 hospitals. Together they provide health care services to nearly 1.2 million people.

For further information about our health programs in the Central African Republic, please contact Béatrice Looijenga.

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