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Currently South Africa is in various stages of lockdown to minimise the spread of COVID-19 and so are many other countries in Africa and worldwide. The nationwide lockdown is necessary to disrupt the chain of transmission of the Corona virus across society but, has serious effects on many aspects of our daily lives, especially, as we are social beings, on our mental health and well-being.
Moreover, all Frontline Workers, especially Healthcare Providers (HCPs) providing essential services in clinics and hospitals, are foremost at risk as they are in daily contact with sick patients in a potentially threatening situation. For them it is not only a matter of social distancing. It is much more. In essence, it is finding a way to survive within their professional and ethical obligation to render a service to the sick and needy. This might trigger a variety of emotions from stress-related physical manifestations to experiencing emotional roller coasters. Manifestations of this might range from panic attacks to anxiety and depression. Healthcare Providers play a pivotal role in managing the epidemic, we should make special provision to support them in managing their mental well-being. This course will focus on engagement and activities to minimise the effect of this ongoing epidemic on HCPs.
This e-Learning course will guide all HCPs in taking simple steps to ensure that they stay mentally fit and healthy while involved in providing essential health services during COVID-19.
All Healthcare Providers (HCPs) involved in providing essential and ongoing services to sick patients during the COVID-19 epidemic.
Online e-learning education through interactive learning activities, videos, presentations and articles.
The course is designed in such a way that different topics are covered in 5 modules in order to maintain and improve mental resilience for HCPs during the lockdown period and after the lifting of restrictions imposed to combat COVID-19.
After completion of this learning experience, participants should be able to:
The following modules are covered in this short course:Module 1 – Introduction:
Digital transformation in business is here to stay – what does it mean to work remotely.Module 2 – Lockdown and mental health:
This module discusses in detail the existing stressors for Frontline Workers exacerbated through the epidemic and ways to deal with them.
Heightened demands for healthcare workers during an outbreak include:
Preparedness can reduce stress among healthcare workers managing an outbreak.
Module 4 - Psycho-social aspects of COVID-19 affecting healthcare workers and patients including children and how to minimise social stigma. It discusses ways to support kids and teens in terms of: Am I safe? Are my caregivers safe? How will my daily life be affected?
Module 5 – Surviving post COVID-19: Staying Real and Robust
This eLearning short course should take approximately 12 hours to complete over any suitable period of time.
To qualify for a certificate all participants will be assessed through Multiple Choice Questions after each module.
Accredited according to the HPCSA’s Medical and Dental Board Guidelines for Healthcare Professionals for 15 Clinical CEU’s on Level 2
To qualify for the certificate of completion for this short course, participants should complete the full e-learning course.
This ASAP scholarship programme was made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
Accelerating Support to Advanced Local Partners (ASAP) is a three-year task order contract (AID-OAA-I-14-00031) for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). ASAP rapidly prepares local partners, and national government to serve as prime partners for USAID/PEPFAR programming in compliance with USAID and PEPFAR procedures for PEPFAR program implementation.
ASAP has two strategic objectives:
The ASAP consortium is led by IntraHealth International and includes Pact, DAI, Foundation for Professional Development (FPD), Global Communities and U.S. small business Ona Systems, Inc.
Mrs Madelene Engelbrecht
Foundation for Professional Development
Tel: 087 821 1109
Address: P.O. Box 75324, Lynnwood Ridge, 0040
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