Some 15 project Staff of the HIV Free Project of the CBC Health Services have successfully completed a 3-month Online Training Course on Global Health Project Management from the University of Washington USA.
Addressing the laureates on January 10, 2020, the Director of CBC Health Services, Prof. Tih Pius Muffih, who doubled as Course Coordinator in the online training said the 11 weeks online course that ran from July to September 2019 was geared towards equipping the staff with leadership skills to better manage the dynamics of a project setup.
This professional development course focused on the project management skills necessary to work effectively in the global public health environment. The empowered staff have had their skills horned in the implementation of new interventions, designing of health information systems, strengthening service delivery, and evaluating for quality improvements as well as effectively managing resources and people.
In addition to learning how to conduct needs assessment, create planning and implement documents, manage resources, monitor the project, they will also plan to transition the assets to local ownership.
According to Noela Fombang, Assistant Manager of the HIV Free Project for the Northwest Region, who also undertook the training, knowledge gained from the course has helped her to efficiently close the 2019 HIV Free project year in the Northwest Region.
“This course helped project staff to better manage the project cycle, how to end it and take up a new one,” she said. “We also gained leadership skills how to effectively manage a diverse team to achieve the goal of a project. Noela added.
Certificates from the University of Washington were awarded to the 15-project staff who belong to the second batch to be trained by the University of Washington.
The training, according to Prof. Tih, falls in line with the vision of the CBC Health Services on quality care to all which can only come from well educated, well prepared professionals with a continuous zeal to read and develop in their respective areas of expertise. “The institution pays attention to Human Resource Development to enable staff work with confidence, master skills to render proper services to the population they serve,” Prof. Tih noted.
The partnership with the University of Washington to realise this goal is just one of the partnerships that the CBC Health Services has to develop personnel skills in different domains. These include amongst others the Sinai Hospital in the USA and the University of Missouri in partnership with the CIMS program in Mbingo, and also the PAACS program in partnership with the Loma Leader University to train health professionals, Manchester University in the UK, Makerere University, the University of Alabama, the University of Buea, the University of Bamenda, the University of Yaounde etc.
Enumerating this inexhaustible list, Prof. Tih noted that the CBC Health Services believes in quality and education for a better performance.