RH CERTIFICATE COURSE
An 11-week Certificate
Course on Reproductive Health for service providers will be officially launched by the
Dean of the Fiji School of Medicine and the UNFPA Representative of the Pacific
Sub-Regional Office in Fiji, on 14 July 1999. Specifically designed for Pacific Island
health personnel, the course consists of fourteen modules on reproductive health,
including family planning and sexual health. There will be a variety of learning
activities employed, including lectures, tutorials, group exercises, case discussions,
field visits, and hands-on presentations.
The Certificate Course is the anchor
activity in the Reproductive Health Training Programme, a $575,000 sub-regional project,
at the Fiji School of Medicine, funded by UNFPA in the 1998-2001 cycle.
Thirty-six health personnel from seven
priority Pacific Island Countries will be trained under the Certificate Course, which is
expected to be run twice a year during the project period, to provide quality reproductive
health services in their countries. However, in 1999, the inaugural course of 11 weeks has
been designed for public health nurses and health educators. Seventeen participants from
Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands,
Tuvalu and Vanuatu have been selected for the course to be conducted from 14 July to 29
September 1999. Teaching faculty will be drawn from the Fiji School of Medicine,
non-governmental organizations, and United Nations agencies.
DISTANCE LEARNING ON POPULATION
In May, Dr. Nafis Sadik, Executive
Director, announced that UNFPA is sponsoring a new international project on training and
learning on population issues to help countries build their own training capacity. The
project, entitled "Distance Learning System on Population Issues", is a joint
undertaking between the UNFPA and the United Nations Staff College (UNSC) in Turin, Italy,
in close collaboration with the Open University in the United Kingdom. Funding for the
project has been provided by the United Nations Foundation.
To meet the need for trained personnel
in various aspects of population issues and policies, the three-year project will
establish a global and permanent system of training, using the Distance Learning concept.
This system will use electronic and communication facilities as the principal modes of
interaction between trainers and trainees in UNFPA programme countries. The Distance
Learning (DL) system will initially be based on the UNFPA field offices and the 8 Country
Support Teams as a ready-made infrastructure for the implementation of the Distance
Learning programme on Population Issues using computer mediated communication.
Participants at a recent training course at the FSM Training Centre
The first courses will start early
next year and are likely to be on reproductive health, including family planning and
sexual health. When a participant has been registered for a course, she or he will be sent
the course materials. This may be in the form of audio and video cassettes, CD-ROMs, text
to be downloaded from a web-site, or printed material. The typical DL-course will consist
of about 40 hours of work and will take between 6-8 weeks. It will be up to each
participant to schedule her study hours according to the individuals work situation.
Contact between course tutor and participant will, however, be at a distance, through the
Internet, by telephone, fax, or postal services.
This innovative project is based at the UNSC in Turin.
During 14-18 December 1998, Dr. Salesi Katoanga, CST Adviser on Reproductive Health, was
invited to participate, together with colleagues from other Country Support Teams, in a
"Design Workshop for a UNFPA Course on Reproductive Health" at the UNSC in
Turin. He was once again invited to attend the second design workshop in Turin on 14-18
June, 1999, to finalize the module on reproductive health, including family planning and
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