Spring 2018 saw the start of a new third-cycle course in paediatric nursing in a collaboration between Lund University and Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. The aim of the course was to increase knowledge regarding complex healthcare interventions for children and young people suffering from chronic illnesses. All 20 students have now taken their examinations.
Those admitted to the course were nurses, midwives, public health workers and nutritionists from four Ethiopian universities who are planning to enter doctoral education, have a doctorate or are conducting post-doctoral research. During the course, they have learnt to develop, evaluate and implement complex paediatric healthcare interventions. The students themselves were extremely satisfied with the structure and content of the course.
Lecture at Addis Ababa University during the course’s first week on campus.
“I am very impressed by the course. The theoretical framework it introduced has taught me a great deal about complex healthcare interventions, as well as helped me to develop an intervention study for my future PhD thesis,” says Adiam Nega Sendek.
The initiators and administrators of the course are Professor Inger Kristensson Hallström and researcher Irén Tiberg of Lund University, together with Dr Degu Jerene of Addis Ababa University and Mitike Molla, former dean of the School of Public Health in Ethiopia.
As well as two separate campus weeks in Ethiopia, the course inculded online distance learning with regular supervision provided via Lund University’s course platform. Inger Kristensson Hallström and Irén Tiberg both attended the campus weeks in capital city Addis Ababa to supervise the students’ work together with experienced teachers from Addis Ababa University.
Examination consisted of a completed research plan that can be used to apply for funding, which were presented and discussed with the group. The students were examined at the Department of Health Sciences in Lund, where they were also able to meet members of the Faculty of Medicine Board of Research and International Committee.
During the visit to Lund, there was also an opportunity to tour the city and make a study visit to the infection clinic and A&E department in Malmö and the Lund University Children’s Hospital and Psychiatric Clinic.
“It has been an incredibly exciting and developmental collaboration. I believe that we have all learned a great deal during the course and we have also succeeded in starting new collaborative projects. Students and teachers have demonstrated a great deal of commitment, meaning that all of the students who started the course have completed it, something that I find most gratifying,” säger Inger Kristensson Hallström.