Training Opportunity

College of Medicine’s Centre for Reproductive Health (CRH) was established in October 2002 as a capacity-building project. The CRH strives to help build the human capacity required to scale up the implementation of the national reproductive health program for Malawi. One of the strategies is through delivery of various training programmes. The CRH is offering the following training courses:

  1. Training for Research Assistants and Field Supervisors

Date: 14-16 March 2018

Time: 8am to 4:30pm

Venue: College of Medicine, Mahatma Gandhi Campus

Course Description:

This course aims at equipping Research Assistants and Field Supervisors with ethical principles and skills required to conduct data collection, to train on the use of mobile tablets for data capturing and transmission and to impart practical skills on how to collect rich and valid qualitative and quantitative data. The target participants are research assistants, field supervisors, research coordinators, research scientists, research associates, programme monitoring and evaluation experts and undergraduate and post graduate students interested to increase knowledge in qualitative and quantitative data collection.

The topics to be covered will include:

  1. Research ethics.
  2. The process for conducting informed consent
  3. Participants recruitment procedures
  4. Handling of electronic gadgets (tablets) in data collection.
  5. Conducting focus group discussions (FGD) and in-depth interviews (IDI)
  6. Transcription and translation of qualitative interviews.
  7. Quantitative & Qualitative data management

 

  1. Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods

Date: 28-30 March 2018

Time: 8am to 4:30pm

Venue: College of Medicine, Mahatma Gandhi Campus

Course Description:

This course will impart practical skills in qualitative research methods and its application in health related research. The emphasis will be on practical orientation to the key skills and approaches used in Qualitative Research Methods. The target participants are research scientists, research fellows, research associates, programme monitoring and evaluation experts and undergraduate and post graduate students interested to increase knowledge in qualitative research methods and analysis.

The topics to be covered will include:

  1. An introduction to qualitative research methods
  2. Developing qualitative research aims, objectives and protocols
  3. Development of qualitative research tools
  4. Qualitative data collection
  5. Data management & data transcription

 

 

  1. Qualitative Data Analysis Using NVivo Software

Date: 11-13 April 2018

Time: 8am to 4:30pm

Venue: College of Medicine, Mahatma Gandhi Campus

Course Description:

The course aims to equip researchers with skills in use NVivo software for qualitative data analysis. The target participants are research scientists, research fellows, research associates, programme monitoring and evaluation experts and undergraduate and post graduate students interested to increase knowledge in qualitative research methods and analysis.

The topics to be covered will include:

  1. Creating a new project in Nvivo
  2. The Nvivo Workspace
  3. Bringing your materials into Nvivo
  4. Coding and making nodes
  5. Memos, annotations and links
  6. Visualizing the project
  7. Creating reports and extracts

 

  1. Qualitative Data Analysis Using ATLAS.ti Software

Date: 25-27 April 2018

Time: 8am to 4:30pm

Venue: College of Medicine, Mahatma Gandhi Campus

Course Description:

The course aims to equip researchers with skills in the use of ATLAS.ti software for qualitative data analysis. The target participants are research scientists, research fellows, research associates, programme monitoring and evaluation experts and undergraduate and post graduate students interested to increase knowledge in qualitative research methods and analysis.

The topics to be covered will include:

  1. Creating a new project in ATLAS.ti
  2. Adding documents to the new project
  3. Creating codes and coding different types of documents
  4. Creating quotations and reports from coded quotations
  5. Grouping project documents
  6. Visualizing linkages in networks
  7. Using the query tool in ATLAS.ti
  8. Creating outputs of documents and exporting the project

 

Methods of Assessment and credits for each course:

No formal assessment. Attendees will get a certificate of attendance and course materials.

Duration: 3 days for each course.

Fees: US$275.00 per course. Course fees covers course material, lunch and refreshments.

For more information and registration: Contact Patani Mhango on 0888 60 47 00 / 0994 58 77 99 or pmhango@medcol.mw

 

Gender Equality and Reproductive Health Improvement Initiative (GERHI)

This set of activities is funded by UNICEF Malawi. It builds on the ‘Global Early Adolescent Study’ pilot phase work undertaken in Blantyre primary schools, focusing on the health and wellbeing of 10-14 year old adolescents. The current project will develop tools and materials for a new intervention directed towards gender socialisation and formation of healthy relationships. Our international partners are Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore and Promundo, an international NGO that promotes gender equity. Lead investigator: Prof William Stones

Sexual and Reproductive health leadership course

This course aims at addressing critical reproductive health issues that are likely to hinder Malawi`s efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). The focus is to help SRHR leaders sharpen skills through team learning and creation of a learning community that promotes and develops safe motherhood and good reproductive health. The course thus targets policy makers, middle level managers at the district and zonal levels within the Ministry of Health, donor and development partner institutions, media and community key SRHR stakeholders.

The following aspects of the course are covered:

  • Introduction and general leadership theory
  • Frameworks and tools of leadership
  • Mental models and Systems thinking: SRHR Strategy design and team shared vision
  • Team Learning: Creating an SRHR Learning community.
  • Role of policy makers and community leaders in promoting SRHR

Respectful and dignified client care Training of Trainers course.

This course targets selected service providers directly involved in provision of maternal and child health including sexual and reproductive health services to be trained as Trainers in respectful and dignified client care provision across the spectrum of health care delivery in Malawi, i.e, Public, CHAM, NGOs and private owned health care facilities. The course will also target research organizations and affiliates managing clients enrolled in clinical trials. The aim is to equip participants with knowledge and expertise to become Trainers in Customized care and in turn, support in-service training programs in their respective institutions. The overall goal is to ensure that clients accessing SRHR services are treated with respect and dignity.

The following aspects of the course are covered:

  • Elements of respectful/dignified care
  • Principles of personal ethics
  • Professional code of conduct
  • Rights of client/rights of a service provider
  • Accountability vs Responsibility
  • Documentation of client data

Implementation Research for Evidence Based Programming

Implementation research (IR) is a field of health research that is currently getting a lot of attention.  It can be defined as a systematic approach to understanding and addressing barriers to effective and quality implementation of health interventions or programs, strategies and policies. Despite the growing interest in IR, it is a field of research that is less understood.  This course aims at equipping the participants with knowledge of IR and essential capacities to frame relevant research questions, conduct, manage and interpret research results for programme planning and policy implementation. The course would be most beneficial to Program managers, Project officers and coordinators, Monitoring and Evaluation officers, and Policy makers.

The following aspects of the course are covered:

  • Facilitate engagement between researchers and implementers.
  • Identify implementation bottlenecks or inefficiencies.
  • Frame appropriate research questions to address the issues identified.
  • Highlight the different methodological approaches to generating information.
  • Consider ethical issues in context.
  • Facilitate mentorship to ensure sustained IR capacity at all levels.

SRHR program Monitoring and Evaluation

Qualitative Analysis- Nvivo

SRH grant proposal development

Improved Reproductive Health(RH) service provision and utilization

About CRH

The centre aims at providing leadership, training and research expertise in order to build the human capacity required to scale up the implementation of the national reproductive health program.

Contacts: Main Office

College of Medicine
Centre for Reproductive Health
P/Bag 360.
Chichiri, Blantyre 3.
Tel: 265 (0) 888 60 47 00

Email : pmhango@medcol.mw