Properly trained and supported frontline health workers hold the potential to save millions of lives. — Frontline Health Workers Coalition
People Who Need Life-saving Care
We never lose sight of our ultimate beneficiaries: the people in poor countries throughout the world who need access to better health care. We help these people in two ways: by providing teaching videos that improve the knowledge and skills of the providers who care for them; and by providing videos that can be used to directly to teach and empower mothers, caregivers, and communities.
Frontline Health Workers
Our videos are designed to help frontline health workers gain the knowledge and basic skills that can improve care and save lives. Frontline health workers provide the first and often the only care for millions of people in poor countries. They face challenging clinical situations, often alone and without support or adequate knowledge. This can lead to bad outcomes: missed diagnoses, delayed care, ineffective and even dangerous practices. In many situations, the problem is simply that they lack access to basic practical information needed for effective health care.
Global Health Media Project helps meet this need by developing clinical videos that provide clear, step-by-step instruction. The videos are engaging, show detail effectively, and are easy to understand and remember. Frontline health workers can access these films at the point of care through a variety of options made possible through mobile technology.
… health workers will be able to access our videos, as needed, right at their finger tips.
Most viewers now watch our films in training programs, where they often receive copies to review on their own. More and more health workers are benefitting from our films by accessing them through e-learning and distance learning programs.
As better-quality mobile devices become more widely available in poor countries, an increasing number of health workers will be able to access our videos, as needed, right at their finger tips.
Those Who Train Frontline Health Workers
Our videos are used by a growing number of staff from UNICEF, WHO, Ministries of Health, teaching institutions, and large and small NGOs all over the world. The videos are excellent complementary tools for use in pre-service education and refresher training. The videos are used for training health workers at all levels, from community health workers and traditional birth attendants to nurses, midwives, and doctors.
Many organizations that serve as information resources for health workers worldwide make our videos available on their websites, including WHO-Reproductive Health Library, Healthy Newborn Network, and Salud Materno Infantil.
We are adapting our films for use by communities. For example, our video Warning Signs in Newborns was produced to help mothers and caregivers recognize serious newborn problems and prompt them to seek care in time to get life-saving treatment for their young babies. This video—and others targeted at mother and caregivers—can be shown upon discharge from maternity wards, in waiting rooms, and during home visits in the early days and weeks of a newborn’s life.
Our animated short, The Story of Cholera, was produced to help populations at large, by educating those in cholera-affected communities around the world. It has been viewed widely via mobile cinemas, TV broadcasts, and in make-shift classrooms and viewing areas.
Photo credits. Top: Doug Storey, 1995, Photoshare. Middle: Chandan Dey, 2009, Photoshare.