A Blended Learning Approach for Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care Training in Ethiopia

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Many countries are considering alternative approaches to conventional in-service clinical training because of high costs and disruption to service delivery when providers are pulled away from health facilities. Research on alternative and cost effective blended training approaches moves us closer to the objective of building competencies of health providers and minimizing the impact of necessary trainings on health service delivery. This technical brief presents an overview of the study’s key findings with respect to blended and conventional BEmONC learning approaches, followed by a recommendation for BEmONC training programming and implementation.

Key findings

There was no difference in knowledge but a small but statistically significant reduction in the skill retention with the blended approach compared to a traditional training approach. However, the blended approach cost 38% less trainee and required six fewer days away from the job. Further study is needed to see if the blended approach can be improved in the Ethiopian context, since it can be done with lower cost and less work disruption compared to a traditional training approach.

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