Uganda University to educate rural health workers

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Uganda Martyrs University (UMU), Nkozi has launched a $60,000(about Shs108.6 m) project to promote Continuing Medical Education (CME) for rural health workers through the use of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs).

The two-year project (2005-2007) is funded by the Catholic Organisation for Development Aid (CORDAID) through the International Institute for Communications and Development (IICD) and is being implemented by UMU's faculty of Health Sciences in the three pilot hospitals of Nkozi in Mpigi district, Itojo (Ntungamo) and Mutolere in Kisoro district. CME Project persons are involved in identifying the needs of health workers, training them in the use of ICTs and setting up resource centres at the pilot hospitals where they are to access and utilise information on different health issues. The move aims at keeping health professionals in rural areas updated on various health issues that are changing every other day.

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