A New Way to Educate Healthcare Workers Abroad

World Continuing Education Alliance (01/11/21)

The World Continuing Education Alliance (WCEA) will provide tools, resources and online classes developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) for continuing education courses for frontline health workers in more than 40 low-and middle-income countries worldwide. WCEA has launched a new mobile application to help healthcare workers obtain continuing medical education credits for professional certification. The goal is to repurpose quality content from CCP and provide it to 170,000 frontline health workers via the app and accompanying e-learning platforms. "Through this new app, we can efficiently reach many more people — people we wouldn't otherwise be able to reach — and in a very structured manner," said CCP Executive Director Susan Krenn. WCEA users have completed more than 630,000 courses on the app, while almost 24 countries are online, with their healthcare workers taking 5,000 to 6,000 courses daily. WCEA founder Graham Hellier notes the e-learning platform is available for free. CCP's Heather Hancock added that the partnership leverages a complementary relationship between CCP's educational content and WCEA's ties to professional associations.

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