Jhpiego / Ghana - Custom web-based e-learning software to integrate learning resources among the Ghana Ministry of Health Nursing Training schools and stakeholders under USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program.
To support the provision of pre-service education to health training schools across Ghana at both community and national levels, the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCPS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and with funding from the USAID, sought to set up a learning management system for their existing e-learning platform. The MCPS project was under the supervision of Jhpiego Corporation -an international non-profit and non-governmental organization, that has worked in Ghana for two decades to support the Government of Ghana’s capacity to improve the health of women and their families.
The objective of the MCSP Ghana project was to contribute to the improvement of health outcomes for HIV, malaria, nutrition, family planning (FP), and maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) services. MCSP worked in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Ghana Health Services (GHS), to achieve its objectives. The MCSP introduced an e-learning platform to prepare the midwifery and nursing workforce to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to effectively provide care. At the time, the health training schools struggled with adopting engaging in e-learning activities due to a lack of IT tutors and access to supporting infrastructure.
The lack of internet connection in some schools required that most schools relied on 3G dongles. Hence the need for a learning management system that did not depend heavily on the constant availability of internet connection. There was also the need to decentralize the system to ensure that the programs that schools enrolled in were tailored to their training needs.
Considering the need to design and implement a decentralized solution, Bewsys was contracted by the MOH to consult and provide an IMS solution to enable the midwifery and nursing workforce to access e-learning materials to improve maternal and child health care delivery. In satisfying the requirements of the learning management system, the Bewsys technical team sought to find a decentralized solution that focused on a flexible user friendly, and easily adaptable system that could efficiently run on low bandwidth internet. Through this, the consulting team developed the user and systems requirements which informed the design and development of the management system.
The system was tailored based on the student registry, student information management, E-learning, library repository, system administration, and the report generation modules of the Bewsys Education MIS. The system was created to support the MCSP’s decentralized eLearning Moodle installation plan, such that MOH could efficiently disseminate and receive information from the midwifery and nursing schools. The solution allowed school administrators to download and import courses into their school’s portal regardless of location and internet connectivity fluctuations.
The system also supported automatic monitoring and evaluation of schools and students’ performance on the e-learning activities by the MOH. In collaboration with the MOH and the MCSP’s technical teams, the online learning management information system was piloted to ensure usability and feasibility before full scale-up and handover to the programmatic team.
As of 2019, 31 nursing and midwifery health training institutes across the country deployed the e-learning system. The system has empowered 35,000 nursing and midwifery students to access relevant materials that can further strengthen and reinforce their clinical knowledge. With the system, the health training schools faced little or no difficulties in accessing the content and managing content offline through computers or mobile devices using Moodle mobile.
The benefit of this project contributes to the improvement of health outcomes across Ghana and supports the Agenda 2030- providing quality education, and good health and well-being. Through adequate training of midwives and nurses in our communities, we can contribute to the attainment of ending preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age and reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births by 2030.