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An evolving model for training and education in resource-poor settings: teaching health workers to fish.

Morgan CJ, Deutschmann PW

  • Journal The Medical journal of Australia

  • Published 05 Mar 2003

  • Volume 178

  • ISSUE 1

  • Pagination 21-5

  • DOI 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2003.tb05034.x


Training and education of health workers remains an indispensable part of good health development in resource-poor settings. Many past training programs have failed to achieve significant gains in health outcomes because of poor selection of participants, inadequate methodology, and/or the influence of external factors in the health system or social environment. The solutions lie in better planning of "who" and "what" should be trained; effective methods based on adult learning principles; alternative methods that maximise learner input and locate training as close as possible to the workplace and its problems; appropriate inclusion of the community; and coordination with other health system interventions.