ICAP in Sierra Leone, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) with funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has trained 26 house officers in the first cohort of its leadership and management certificate program.
At hospitals in Sierra Leone, house officers—often newly graduated medical doctors—are expected to make decisions about how best to allocate resources for the good of all. ICAP and its partners offered this training in order to enable these leaders to make the best possible decisions with the resources at their disposal.
The graduation ceremony took place on May 31, 2019, at the Bintumani Conference Center in Freetown, with representatives from key partners and other health-oriented institutions in attendance.
Foday Tijan Mansaray, MD, is one of the recent medical school graduates who received ICAP-supported training in quality improvement and data management and use.
“After the training, I was part of a group research project that explored how vital signs are monitored during surgery. In 2017, a baseline survey led by CDC and ICAP showed that only 10 percent of vital signs are documented correctly, but our research showed that in Sierra Leone it is actually less than 10 percent.”
Dr. Mansaray reported that the ICAP training has empowered the house officers to take action to remedy this. “In addition to the knowledge gained, the training rejuvenated our humane attitude to patients, and we look forward to learning more.”
The second cohort of the trainings will cover leadership and management, mentoring and coaching, and financial management.