Kick-off of the PAVIA e-course collaboration

Monday 21 November 2022, we kicked-off our collaboration with the PAVIA consortium (Pharmacovigilance Africa). For the next three months, we will work together on the transition of two PAVIA e-courses to an open-source e-learning platform.

PAVIA is a consortium funded by the European Developing countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) that aims to strengthen pharmacovigilance (PV) in four African countries: Ethiopia, Nigeria, Swaziland, and Tanzania. One of the objectives is to train PV staff and healthcare professionals through two e-courses; 1) the basis concepts in pharmacovigilance and 2) an overview on tuberculosis and on anti-tuberculosis drug safety’s issues, monitoring and management (aDSM).

In order to strengthen the sustainability of this project and allow for regional ownership and management of the e-courses, digital responsibilities for hosting these e-courses will be shifted to two of PAVIA’s consortium partners; the Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute (KCRI), Tanzania, and the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Nigeria. The transition and capacity strengthening will be supported by Health[e]Foundation. Health[e]Foundation will e-convert the existing PAVIA curriculum and facilitate capacity strengthening of the KCRI and UNIBEN teams responsible for the Moodle platform.

The kick-off workshop brought together relevant staff members from KCRI, UNIBEN, and Health[e]Foundation involved in the PAVIA project. After an inspiring round of introductions, the deep dive into IT-related matters could begin and knowledge was exchanged on platform plug-ins, customization, and hosting. Over the next months, we will continue this exciting knowledge exchange and work on a tailored capacity strengthening program for KCRI and UNIBEN to further empower them to host the PAVIA e-courses.