Successful Kickoff Workshops in Ethiopia

On a chilly Sunday evening, Project Manager Emma Donley and IT Manager Marcel Santoso journeyed to the vibrant city of Addis Ababa to conduct two kickoff workshops in collaboration with the Ethiopian Midwives Association (EMwA) and facilitate a “Training of Trainers” (TOT) session in Arba Minch with NURU Ethiopia. 

Addis Ababa

The two kickoff workshops were met with enthusiasm; eight staff members from the Addis Ababa EMwA chapter office attended the Gender[e]Quality kickoff, while 17 participants from Ambo University attended the Emergency[e]Response kickoff. Both workshops featured insightful lectures and activities delivered by representatives from the Ministry of Health, Exam Development & Administration Desk Lead, Dr. Meron, Director of EMwA, Fekadu Mazengia, and others. A noteworthy highlight was the successful enrollment of all participants in their respective e-learning courses, marking the beginning of the self-study period over the next few months. The kickoff workshops for participants from the remaining universities and EMwA chapter offices will be coordinated and led by EMwA staff over the next few weeks.  

Emebet Hussen, project manager, presents on the LUCY App to Ambo University participants.
Arba Minch

Following the EMwA kickoffs, the journey continued to Arba Minch, where Health[e]Foundation led a Training of Trainers (TOT) program. The TOT, attended by 12 participants, including representatives from the Ministry of Health, M&E coordinators, and community health extension workers (CHEWs), proved to be a success. The participants were introduced to the concepts of blended learning, explored e-learning modules, and were introduced to the LUCY App on tablets. Following the TOT, our partners at NURU Ethiopia will set out to train a total of 50 CHEWs in kickoff workshops next month. 

We are grateful for the continued collaboration with both EMwA and NURU Ethiopia, and are looking forward to seeing the progress of participants across all three programs. Finally, we thank Nuffic and Dioraphte for their generous support which enables us to implement these programs in Ethiopia. 

Participants engaging in a game on the importance of good communication.