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Blended Learning Course on Partograph: 9 Countries in Asia, Africa, and Middle East Represented

Monday, May 31st, 2010

story from Tokyo Development Learning Center


Participants in Jordan on April 28, 2010

On April 28, 2010, 286 participants from 9 countries joined the Blended Learning Course on Partograph, jointly organized by the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC), World Health Organization (WHO), and Kitasato University School of Nursing via video conference.

The 286 participants included doctors, nurses, midwives, hospital administrators, university students, and ministry of health officials from Ghana, Jordan, Tanzania, Madagascar, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Mongolia.

It was the first time that TDLC collaborated with the distance learning centers in Jordan and Madagascar, and that a TDLC-initiated blended learning program took place on a cross-country basis with a span ranging from Asia, Africa, and to the Middle East, leveraging on the truly global nature of the World Bank’s network. Of the 286 participants, 55 were from the Philippines, 51 from Ghana, and 44 from Jordan.

What is a partograph?


A partograph is a graphical record of the cervical dilatation in the active phases of labor, used to assess the progress of labor and to identify when intervention is necessary. It is usually used by doctors, nurses, and midwives, and is a simple and inexpensive tool, which studies have shown it to be effective in reducing complications from prolonged labor for the mother and for the newborn.

Blended Learning Course on Partograph


Participants in each country gathered at their local distance learning center for a preliminary session where they were introduced to the topic by a prerecorded video lecture by Dr. Mathews Matthai, Medical Officer at the Department of Making Pregnancy Safer, WHO, and received their self-study kit, an interactive CD-Rom developed by WHO and John Snow, Inc.

Participants of this Blended Learning Course on Partograph independently studied the content in the CD-Rom until the joint videoconference (VC) session on April 28th, covering topics such as the functions and benefits of a partograph, when a partograph should be used, the correct method for filling in a partograph, and the appropriate actions that need to be taken at certain times on the partograph. If there were questions, the students were free to ask questions by email or to save it for the session on April 28th to be posed directly to Dr. Matthai.

The participants gathered again at their local distance learning center on April 28th for a joint videoconference session by which time the participants had all completed studying the sections of the CD-ROM and brought in their certificate printout as proof of completion of the self-study portion of the course. From WHO in Geneva, Dr. Matthai, Dr. Q. Monirul Islam, Director of the Department of Making Pregnancy Safer, and from Tokyo, Dr. Mari Takahashi, Dean of Kitasato University School of Nursing, and Ms. Yae Yoshino, Lecturer at the same university joined the VC.

Since the participants had completed their self-study and had familiarized themselves with the topic, the whole session time could be devoted to answering questions and discussion.  They eagerly asked a wide range of questions from definitions of terms in the e-learning tool to questions relating to practical and clinical situations. Some pointed out the differences between the actual practice in their country and what was mentioned in the e-learning tool, and sought advice to Dr. Matthai.

Many participants were eager to share their newly gained information and materials and asked Dr. Matthai whether they can use the materials to teach others in the country. Dr. Matthai answered, “It’s up to you to disseminate and share the knowledge! Please do share with others!”

Comments from Participants

When participants were asked about their plans for using what they learned in the course or asked to comment on the pedagogical model:

“I plan to teach the staff working under me in the maternity unit” –participant in Ghana

“I have plans of establishing a maternity home, so I have more knowledge and skill to do that.” –participant in Ghana

“This way of learning encourages the use of IT for all. I am happy to be part of this program. I would be glad if it is organized more often.” –participant in Ghana

“I plan to include it to my lecture. In this way, I’ll be able to make my student or the future nurses to be aware of this tool.” –Nurse/Instructor in Philippines

“I can apply this model of e-learning to our strategy of teaching our students.” –Nurse/Instructor in Philippines

“I plan to introduce this knowledge to my teaching in maternity course to nursing students.” –Faculty member in Jordan

“The course has been very educational and informative. We would like to have more courses like this. Thank you very much.” –Doctor in Sri Lanka

“This course is quite effective and is at its best.” –Obstetrician/Gynegologist in India

“Even though it was a distance learning program, the course was very easy to follow.” ―Participant, Mongolia

“The topic was very relevant to my current work, and found the course very useful.” –Participant, Mongolia