LESOTHO E-mentoring Ian Stead Suzanne Penny

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LESOTHO E-mentoring Ian Stead Suzanne Penny

  1. 1. LESOTHO E-mentoring Ian Stead Suzanne Penny
  2. 2. Background - Lesotho <ul><li>Small, mountainous country </li></ul><ul><li>Population c 1.8M </li></ul><ul><li>Huge poverty </li></ul><ul><li>c30% HIV / AIDS infection rate </li></ul><ul><li>TB, malnutrition additional challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Poor healthcare services </li></ul><ul><li>Huge input of overseas aid </li></ul><ul><li>GoL co-ordination difficulties </li></ul>
  3. 3. Dolen Cymru, Lesotho Wales Link <ul><li>Established 22+ years </li></ul><ul><li>Educational links with 150+ schools in Lesotho and Wales </li></ul><ul><li>Many health links over the years </li></ul><ul><li>Visiting health professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Twinning arrangements with QE11 & Cardiff and Quthing & North Wales </li></ul>
  4. 4. Ian and Suzanne’s Work <ul><li>Arrived Lesotho June 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Began developing links with health care and health education </li></ul><ul><li>Worked with GoL on decentralisation and HR issues </li></ul><ul><li>Worked on Child Protection QI indicators </li></ul><ul><li>Worked with Hospitals advising on management planning and HR systems </li></ul>
  5. 5. Ian and Suzanne’s Work <ul><li>Developed links with associated NGOs, charities, providers etc </li></ul><ul><li>Helped educational side of LWL on Skype school links </li></ul><ul><li>Saw potential for health links using IT </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Internet in Lesotho <ul><li>‘Technology Jump’ </li></ul><ul><li>Few land lines but many cell phones </li></ul><ul><li>3G connections spreading </li></ul><ul><li>Relatively cheap </li></ul><ul><li>Many people have e-mail addresses but difficult access </li></ul><ul><li>But it’s improving </li></ul>
  7. 7. E-mentoring <ul><li>Organisation to organisation twinning not always easy to arrange </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals have enthusiasm </li></ul><ul><li>Links can be spread from starting point </li></ul><ul><li>May be frustration from slow response times </li></ul><ul><li>Super specialisation versus generalisation needs addressing </li></ul>
  8. 8. BMA Support <ul><li>BMA circulated all members in Wales with proposal </li></ul><ul><li>Followed up with article in BMA News </li></ul><ul><li>20+ responses so far </li></ul><ul><li>Response from Lesotho initially slow but improving </li></ul><ul><li>Hope for long term growth and development </li></ul>
  9. 9. Possibilities <ul><li>Continued HR manager link in St. Joseph’s Roma </li></ul><ul><li>Lesotho NHTC starting to link with Swansea University Nurse School </li></ul><ul><li>Can be any type of health professional </li></ul><ul><li>Can be personal support, professional advice </li></ul><ul><li>Access to on-line development </li></ul>
  10. 10. Where next? <ul><li>Dolen, LWL health presence in Lesotho planned </li></ul><ul><li>Investment in IT internet facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up visits Lesotho <–> Wales </li></ul><ul><li>Visiting health professionals continue IT link on return </li></ul><ul><li>Organisational support through twinning </li></ul><ul><li>Any other ideas?........ </li></ul>

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