Marion Subah Wants Gov’t Invest in Pre-Service Health Education

first_imgMrs. Marion Subah (2nd from left) poses with the honorees, including Drs. Gwenigale and Dahn.Maternal Child Survival Program/Human Resources and Health (MCSP/HRH) Liberia’s Chief of Party (COP), Marion Subah, has underscored the need for government to invest in pre-service health education programs to augment the strength of the sector.Mrs. Subah made the call at a program marking the official end of the Maternal and Child Survival Program Human Resources for Health (MCSP/HRP) Learning and Dissemination Event hosted yesterday, September 13, at a resort in Monrovia.The well-arranged and time bound program was hosted under the theme, “Celebrating and Promoting Sustainable Pre-Service Education for Quality Human Resources for Health in Liberia: MCSP/HRH Empowering Midwives and Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLTs).”The MCSP/HRH project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).“It will be important that sustained intentional effort and investment are put in place to ensure that the pre-service education remains robust to have a long-lasting impact on the quality of healthcare, especially for the women and children,” Madam Subah said in her presentation about results of the project’s achievements and/or accomplishments.The USAID-funded MCSP/HRH is supporting the Liberian Government’s commitment to strengthening the country’s health workforce through the project.The project is focused on strengthening pre-service education for registered MTLs in targeted institutions throughout the country.MCSP aims to strengthen and expand a fit-for-purpose, productive, and motivated health workforce to end preventable child and maternal deaths.Madam Subah said the program was initiated after realizing that Liberia has one of the lowest number of professional healthcare workers in the world.According to her, a survey established that instead of having 45 health workers to 10,000 populations, it had 11.8 healthcare providers to 10,000 persons.She also indicated that the Ebola outbreak, which occurred between 2014 and 2015, highlighted the crisis that was exacerbated by a major gap in health workers’ skills.“As part of rebuilding the country’s health system, transformation of pre-service education (PSE) was prioritized so that it could produce a fit-for purpose, productive and motivated health workforce,” Madam Subah said.She said that the program placed special emphasis on midwives and medical lab technicians as cadres that were critically low, and were crucial for reduction of unacceptably high maternal mortality rate of 1072 to 100, 000 live birth, considered one of the highest rates in the world.The objectives of the program were to increase the quality of instruction at targeted pre-service training institutions by upgrading the technical competencies and teaching skills of faculty, including clinical preceptors, and strengthening curricula, course materials and delivery of both didactic and clinical training.It was to also strengthen the learning environment at targeted pre-service training instructions and teaching sites in a comprehensive way through improved access to high-quality instructional resources, equipment and technology.Madam Subah said that during the project’s assessment, they discovered a limited number of qualified midwifery and medical laboratory technology in pre-service education leaders and managers, faculty and preceptors, as well as limited or non-teaching materials to facilitate student learning.“Skills and practicum labs did not have sufficient anatomic models and supplies for practice in simulation, while all computer labs needed to be strengthened or established,” she told the gathering comprising high profile individuals, among them former ministers of Health Drs. Walter Gwenigale and Bernice Dahn, both of whom were honored for their respective “invaluable contributions to the project.”United States Ambassador to Liberia, Christina Elders, told the gathering that amid the growing challenges, “The bottom line is that at the close of the project, we have more trained midwives and laboratory technicians to provide care to women and children.”“We are convinced that we will soon be seeing the desired results of this investment: reduced morbidity and mortality among women and children, hoping that the gains we have made will be sustained and the strategies employed will be adapted and scaled for greater national impact,” Elders said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Women’s Basketball Opens Regular Season Friday Night at the Knapp Center against South Dakota State

first_imgStory Links The three seniors along with Hannah Fuller and Maddie Monahan are Drake’s five returners with the most game experience. Fuller played in 33 games last season while Monahan started every game. Monahan was second on the team in assists with 120. They’re joined by Monica Burich, a Colorado transfer who played in every game her first season as a Bulldog, Mya Mertz, who returned in 2018-19 after missing the previous season due to injury and sophomores Maggie Negaard and Allie Wooldridge who each earned significant playing time in their first season. Previewing the BulldogsDrake won its third-straight Missouri Valley Conference regular season title in 2018-19. It was the first three-peat in program history and just the fifth in MVC history. Drake qualified for its third-consecutive NCAA Tournament, the 13th time the Bulldogs made the tournament. This season, Drake is looking to make its fourth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance, which has never happened in school history. Drake Game Notes Buy Tickets Live Stats SDSU Game Notes ESPN3 South Dakota State South Dakota State and Drake are playing for the third consecutive season as the Bulldogs look to end a two-game losing streak in the matchup. The Jackrabbits advanced to the 2019 Sweet 16 with victories over Quinnipiac and Syracuse. Iowa State opens its season Thursday night against Southern. The home team has won each of the past four season in the in-state series.center_img DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team opens the 2019-20 regular season Friday night against 2019 Sweet 16 participant South Dakota State at 6 p.m. inside the Knapp Center. There are several TGIF Concession Deals for the SDSU game with $1 Hot Dogs, $1 Popcorn, $1 Soda (16 oz. only) and $2.50 slices of pizza available all game. Prior to Friday’s game against South Dakota State, Drake’s 2019 Missouri Valley Conference Championship banner will be unveiled and following the game will be the team’s usual postgame autographs session. Sunday’s game is a “Blue Out” with the first 1,000 fans receiving a commemorative pennant. Following Friday’s game, Drake has a fast turnaround as in-state rival Iowa State visits the Knapp Center Sunday afternoon for a 2 p.m. game presented by Broadlawns Medical Center. Both games are part of the Bulldogs’ Military Appreciation Weekend with members of the military eligible to receive up to four free tickets by showing their military ID at the Drake Athletic Ticket Office. Fans can purchase tickets here, at the Drake Ticket Office or by calling 515-271-3647(DOGS). Next week, Drake plays its third-straight 2019 NCAA team when it visits South Dakota on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. ESPN+ Iowa State Seniors Becca Hittner and Sara Rhine are set for their final seasons at Drake. Last season, the decorated duo became just the second set of teammates to lead the Valley in scoring with Hittner at a league-best 19.7 points point per game and Rhine next at 18.3 points. Rhine with 1,654 career points and Hittner with 1,565 points will each strive for 2,000 career points, joining just four in program history and eight in MVC history to reach the impressive 2,000-point mark. Hittner, the back-to-back Jackie Stiles MVC Player of the Year, can become just the third MVC player to win the award three times. Brenni Rose is the other senior for Drake. Rose appeared in every game last year and was third on the team in assists with 107. Rounding out the roster are Division I transfers, Grace Berg and Kierra Collier, who came to Drake from Missouri and Washington, respectively. A local standout from Indianola, Berg transferred from Missouri, where she played in 19 games and averaged 3.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and 12.7 minutes per game. Collier sat out 2018-19 after one season at Washington.  A 5-6 point guard from Kansas City, Mo., Collier, played in 25 games with 14 starts for the Huskies in 2017-18. She averaged 6.6 points, 2.1 assists, 1.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game and earned Pac 12 All-Freshman Team honorable mention honors. Three freshmen, Maggie Bair, Sarah Beth Gueldner and Taylor McAulay round out the 2019-20 roster. Bair, a 6-3 power forward, is from Glen Ellyn, Ill., Gueldner is a 5-9 guard from Olathe, Kan. and McAulay is a 5-11 guard from Lino Lakes, Minn. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more