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S8 Improving the patient’s journey: the impact and efficacy of training tools for NTDs.
A large proportion of the NTDs have significant cutaneous manifestations and strategies for their control, elimination and management of disabilities are critically dependent on trained local health care workers. The WHO 2030 roadmap recognizes the opportunity that skin cross cutting issues for NTDs present on increasing access to case acquisition and health improvement, where patients with skin manifestations of NTDs as well as those with common skin disease. Current programmes recognize that the skills to identify NTDs by their visible signs and to manage the common and treatable skin diseases are limited and increasing capacity for basic dermatological competences at front line level is a key strategy. The provision of expertise including, dermatological care, is scarce in many countries in particular in those endemic for NTDs. It is often localized in academic centres and not accessible to the rural populations affected by the NTDs. Upgrading these skills through wider dissemination of training is an urgent need for Skin NTD management and forms a key element of current programmes. But assessing the quality and impact of training is also an essential prerequisite in planning. This session will explore the methods used currently to assess skills and competences of trainees in health, their importance in local health care settings and how they are currently deployed in NTD programmes. It will then develop a focus on educational research questions about a) the best methods for evaluation of training in front line health settings b) synergies with other health partners and c) potential sources of support and funding.

This session will take place on Monday, September 27 from 16:00 - 18:00 BST.

Sep 27, 2021 04:00 PM in London

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