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Health Systems Research Course

Fees: US$1200

Course Dates:

13th June - 8th July, 2011

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to HSR
    • Major characteristics of research
    • Components of health systems
    • Types of information needed for decision making
    • Purpose, scope and characteristics of HSR
  2. Criteria for selecting health research problems
    • Selecting the research problem
    • Research questions
  3. Analysis and statement of the problem
    • Formulating the problem statement
    • Review of available literature
    • Justification of research problem
  4. Formulation of research objectives/ hypotheses
    • Reasons for writing objectives
    • General and specific objectives
    • Characteristics of research objectives
    • Research hypotheses
    • Group work to prepare title of the study research objectives (and questions, and hypothesis of appropriate)
  5. Research designs (Study types)
    • Introduction
    • Variables
    • Study types; exploratory, descriptive, comparative or analytical, intervention
    • Validity and reliability of findings
    • Data collection techniques
    • Sources of data
    • Quantitative and qualitative methods
    • Importance of combining different techniques
    • Bias in information collection
    • Ethical consideration
  6. Design of research instruments
    • Interview guides (questionnaires/ schedules, training manuals, interviewer/ supervisor guides and manuals)
    • Interview skills
    • Focus group discussions (themes, training guides, conducting FGDs)
  7. Sampling
    • Introduction
    • Sampling procedures
    • Sampling methods for qualitative data
    • Sampling methods for quantitative data
    • Bias in sampling
    • Sample size determination
  8. Plan for data collection
    • Introduction
    • Stages in data collection process
    • Pre-testing study instruments

10.  Plan for data processing and analysis

  • Introduction
  • Sorting data
  • Performing quality control checks
  • Data processing
  • Data analysis
  • Processing and analysis of qualitative data

11.  Workplan

  • Introduction
  • Work scheduling and planning
  • The GANTT Chart

12.  Budget

13.  Plan for project administration, monitoring and utilisation of results

  • Administrating research projects
  • Project monitoring
  • Planning for dissemination
  • Finalizing and reviewing the research proposal

14.  Introduction to SPSS

  • Creation of variables
  • Input of data
  • Data cleaning
  • Data analysis

15.  Basic Statistics

Descriptive statistics
  • Measures of central dispersion
  • Frequency distribution tables
  • Statistical tests (chi square and T-test)
  • Interpretation of data

16.  Introduction to data analysis

  • Methods of data presentation
  • Analysis of numerical data
  • Analysis of categorical data
  • Application of statistical tests of significance

17.  Field activities

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Hospital Administration Management

Fees: US$300

Course Dates:

July 16th - 20th, 2012


The purpose of this course is to enable participants acquire in-depth knowledge and skills on how to manage hospitals in a resource limited environment.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, the participants should be able to:

  • Define the concept of hospital administration and management
  • Analyse the roles and challenges of various components of a hospital
  • Describe the  management principles and approaches used in hospitals
  • Apply quality management models in hospitals
  • Appreciate the role of HMIS in hospitals and how to generate, analyse and use information for planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of health outcomes
  • Undertake a project to address hospital administration challenges in a selected department in a hospital

Course Content

  • Challenges of hospital administration
  • Functions of a Hospital
  • Hospital governance
  • Administration of inpatient services
  • Administration of outpatient services
  • Ward and theatre administration
  • Health management information systems in hospitals
  • Materials management
  • Human resource management
  • Financial management
  • Time management
  • Quality management in hospitals
  • Hospital Management Information Systems
  • Hospital administration during disaster
  • Hospital administration with a focus to MDGs
  • Strategic management in hospitals
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Developing and Writing Successful Project Proposals

Developing and Writing Winning Proposals
Fees: US$ 600
Course Dates:
25th – 5th November, 2010

Developing and Writing Successful Project Proposals

Fees: US$ 600

Course Dates:

21st - 31st May (26th May Included), 8th – 19th October, 2012

Developing a winning proposal is as much a technique as it is an art.  Each proposal has its own unique character and requires a creative approach that will appeal to the client’s expectations. This course therefore aims at helping health and development workers to acquire the knowledge and skills that goes into developing winning proposals.

Broad Objective

The main objective of this program is to strengthen the capacity of health and development officers and managers in diverse fields to develop successful grant proposals for funding.

Target Group

The participants of this course will be health and development officers and Managers in diverse development fields.

Specific Objectives

By the end of this training the participants should be able to:

  • Develop a concept paper
  • Explain the difference between a concept paper and a proposal
  • Outline the steps in proposal development
  • Explain the steps in stakeholders analysis
  • Explain the project design components and project formulation
  • Formulate and use the logical framework approach in designing and developing programs/projects (includes problem identification and analysis of basic data to build a case);
  • Prepare realistic program budgets;
  • Write effective grant requests;
  • Apply appropriate monitoring and evaluation tools to assess achievement of targets;
  • Negotiate for project grants with confidence.

Course Content

  • Concept paper writing:
  • Comparison between a concept paper and a project proposal
  • Steps in proposal development:
  • Stakeholders analysis:
  • Project design:
  • Program  planning using the logical framework approach (LFA);
  • Implementation schedules
  • Programme budget;
  • Programme organisational structure;
  • Critical writing skills for project proposal development;
  • Framework for project monitoring and evaluation;
  • Grant negotiation skills

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Trauma Counseling and Management

Fees: US$600

Course Dates:

18th – 29th June 2012

Overall Objectives

The general objective of the course is to share knowledge on Trauma with an aim of equipping participants with core competences necessary for Trauma healing and management.

Specific Objectives

By the end of the course, the participants should be able to:

  • Explain four core theories in counseling and their view of the human person;
  • Engage in counseling practice and employ techniques of attending, non anxious listening, observation of verbal and non verbal communication and empathic communication;
  • Define Trauma;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the different causes of Trauma;
  • Explain the different ways that trauma affects people;
  • State the stages of recovery from Trauma;
  • Demonstrate the ability to set up and facilitate a trauma healing support group;
  • Conduct a debriefing session;
  • Identify referral systems for further assistance required, e.g., medication and therapy.

Target Group

The course targets health and development workers or those with the potential to offer psychological support to persons that have been through a traumatic moment. It is beneficial to diverse sectors such as health and health-related and educational institutions, social services institutions, faith-based and non-governmental organisations.

Course Organisation

Unit 1: Basic Counseling Skills
Unit 2: Self Awareness
Unit 3: Understanding Trauma
Unit 4: Coping Mechanisms
Unit 5: Reconciliation
Unit 6: Group Debriefing
Unit 7: Meditation and reflection

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