In early April the pilot for the Level-IV Health Extension Upgrading Programme started in the Tigray Region. Since then the 44 students in the pilot cohort have completed the Antenatal Care (ANC) Module and are about to start their 15 days of related practical skills training. The ANC Module has been well received by both the students and their tutors.
AMREF is providing financial and other study related support for the pilot in the Tigray Region. For example, AMREF is hoping to sponsor a weekly 30 minute local language radio programme to provide additional student support.
There are 1238 health extension workers currently employed in the Tigray Region. This pilot is expected to be evaluated following completion of the first 3 or 4 modules so that a decision can be taken about selecting the next cohort of students. It is anticipated that the next cohort will be larger than the pilot cohort.
The Tigray Region Pilot can also be seen on the HEAT Project Outreach Map.