LSTM partners the World Continuing Education Alliance to provide ongoing development for health workers providing maternal and newborn health care.

News article 19 May 2021

Improving the quality of maternal and newborn care is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal targets for maternal and newborn health. A critical component of this is ensuring that competent and confident Skilled Health Personnel (SHP) are in place to provide such care.

LSTM’s Emergency Obstetric Care and Quality of Care (EmOC &NC) Unit, works with partners to improve the quality of pre-service midwifery and medical education and continuous professional education systems for SHPs, midwifery and medial faculty. One of our newest partners is the World Continuing Education Alliance (WCEA). WCEA is a social impact technology company that provides sustainable learning solutions to stakeholders in low- and middle-income countries to build capacity in CPD and lifelong learning of nurses, midwives, doctors and other cadres of health workers using technology.

Dr Charles Ameh, Head of LSTM’s EmOC &NC unit, said: “We hope to co-produce sustainable continuous professional development programmes for skilled health personnel in low- and middle-income countries and support the updating and delivery of enhanced curriculum that meets the needs of women and their newborns in these settings. Our partners are always key to us achieving this, and we look forward to working with WCEA in achieving our mission.”

The mission of WCEA is to significantly improve access to quality evidence based CPD, to ensure frontline health workers keep skills and knowledge up to date, to enable them to provide better health service delivery and improve health outcomes.

Craig Fitzpatrick, WCEA Program Director, said: "We are delighted to have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. It further emphasizes our long-term commitment to train key frontline health workers in Africa and other LMIC regions. We can provide real scalability to LSTM initiatives & disseminate their evidence-based training to improve health outcomes."