Despite making significant strides in provision of palliative care in the last ten years, Malawi need more trainings in different disciplines to improve the quality standards of care.
Speaking to stakeholders during the results findings of a study on Multidisciplinary Learning Needs Assessment for Palliative Care in Malawi held in the capital Lilongwe on Thursday, Co-Research Leader Professor Adamson Muula said, the study has found that there are different learning needs by the Palliative Care service providers.
“Our country has very few health personnel who have been trained in palliative care service therefore more training opportunities are needed to care providers at all cadres in order to improve and maintain the standards we have registered in the past years,” he said.
He said the trainings which vary starting from one day, short courses and sensitization sessions to give introductory knowledge, skills and attitudes should be provided to those outside the health sector like religious leaders, Judiciary, Police, Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) and the volunteers in the community while certificates, diploma, degree and postgraduate levels would be given to health workers.
Local availability of such courses would help improve accessibility for those who lack funds to travel and study outside Malawi.
Currently, he said, Malawi sends its health workers through Hospice Africa to study in Kampala, Uganda.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :