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12 Mar 2013 | Clinical Outreach
Fit-for-Learning: Innovative Partnership piloted in Addis Ababa. MSIE launched its innovative pilot program Fit–for-learning in partnership between MSIE and Medico-Bio Medical College, a private higher learning institution located in Addis Ababa. The program was launched in the presence of MSIE Country Director, Nils Gade, and students of Medico-Bio Medical College.

This program, supported by the Embassy of Kingdom of the Netherlands under the SPRING project, aims to strengthen the human resource capacity of private higher learning institutions to deliver quality Sexual and Reproductive Health Services (SRH).  

Following the launching, Medco selected 20 top-performing nursing students at 3rd year level to receive the first round of the family planning and comprehensive abortion care training, conducted by MSIE trainers.  Practical attachment of these students will take place in 4 of MSIE’s centers and 9 BlueStar Clinics in Addis Ababa.  A second round of 20 Medico nursing students will be provided with theoretical and practical training in April 2013.

Since the start of SPRING project in November 2011, MSIE has been working towards fostering the capacity of the private learning institutions to develop human resources for delivery of SRH services. MSIE recognized the need for such initiative as most of the private medical colleges in Ethiopia lack specialized training skills in the area of SRH.

Accordingly, MSIE identified and signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with three private medical colleges in Addis Ababa – Alkan, Kiamed, Medco‐Bio Medical— in December 2012. This initiative will soon be scaled-up in other regions.

The partnership has three key components: assignment of guest lecturers from public universities to the

private colleges; placement of 202 students in the MSIE’s private providers network (PPNs) for a maximum of two months of practical attachments; as well as establishment and strengthening of SRH clubs. Each of the three colleges have committed to develop the practical skills of their students to deliver quality SRH services to youth and underserved populations after their graduation, and developing quality seeking behavior among students in and outside their colleges.