International & Digital Midwifery Workplace learning Network: the first step

January 2018 to December 2019
clinical education
University of Rwanda
Arteveldehogeschool (Belgium)
Research fields
Medicine and Health Sciences

Global disparities in the quantity, distribution, and skills of health workers worldwide pose a threat to attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 and deepens already existing global health inequities (World Health organization [WHO] & Global health Workforce Alliance, 2014). Rwanda and other low-resource countries face a critical shortage of health professionals, particularly nurses and midwives. This project aims to contribute to the capacity building plans of the international and Rwandese government by improving the quality of midwifery clinical education and in advancing research in midwifery education. Design-based research methodologies will be used to explore if the competency-based continuous workplace learning model and online instrument (Embo et al., 2015) are feasible for clinical education in Rwanda. In the second year, the resulting workplace learning model will be implemented as a pilot project in the delivery ward of the University hospital in Rwanda and anInternational and Digital Midwifery Workplace Learning Network will be launched.