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Adapting e-learning resources for a Global Healthy Child Programme

Background: In the past I was involved in a research project, which examined how health authorities in England used evidence to improve the organisation of health and healthcare services. One of the areas we, as researchers, looked at was the implementation of the evidence based national policy, the so-called “Healthy Child Programme 0-5” (see attached). Setting aside the implementation struggles we observed, we did learn a lot about some interesting interventions and the evidence behind them. Here I build on one of these interventions.

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One of the things, I would like to pick up here is the e-learning material available for the implementation of the HCP. In particular, a consortium of organisations and Royal Colleges in England, such as the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, have developed a series of e-lectures (see here: http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/healthy-child-programme/). I think the material is very rich and a great evidence-based resource for everyone interest in child health, beyond England.
 
IDEA: as discussed in the research phases, key challenges include lack of knowledge and information, cultural differences, empowerment. Parents and people, who might be willing to support positive parenting, may feel that they lack the right knowledge and information to support the development of children’s health and wellbeing. Having easy (internet-based) access to outstanding, easily understood information is key for parents and healthcare professionals, who are involved in supporting child health promotion. This idea suggests the following:
1. Let’s start with the already available e-learning material that exists out there.
2. Let’s identify how we might want to adapt that material to fit the needs and cultural practices of low-income communities.
3. Let’s develop a partnership with those who developed the e-learning material
4. Let’s consider who might use that material and how in low-income communities.
5. Let’s find the resources to develop a “culturally customized” e-learning material in collaboration with experts and non-experts. Crowdfunding could be used, I think, to do that, i.e. find resources. For example, Indiegogo or Crowdwise could be considered.
 
Knowledge is power, some say. Knowledge of what is good for a child’s health will, in all likelihood, empower both parents and their communities, especially healthcare professionals. Let’s distribute some of that knowledge.

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