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   Guatemalan Nursing Promotion Program
Created Date: 8/13/2008 9:22:10 AM
Country: Grenada
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Status: In use
License: Free
Product Type: Software - Mobile
Target Users: Nursing Educators, Nursing Students, General Population in Rural Areas
Developer Name: Ministry of Education and the National School for Nurses in Coban
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System Requirements: TeleWriter AGS, LAN and/or Wan and the Internet, Mobile and Satellite phones
Description: This is a program to educate and train nursing students while delivering nursing care to remote areas of Guatemala. Doctors and medical staff working in the country’s capital, Guatemala City, assist and guide the nursing students who carry emergency kits for initial diagnosis, treatment of emergencies, ordinary problems, and follow-up visits. Serious cases are referred to the nearest clinic.

                                                                                    Before becoming part of this mobile healthcare network, the nursing students are trained by real-time video conferencing using telephones, computers and a telewriter. Tele-courses are also given on-site in the Nursing School in Coban and in other remote areas.

                                                                                  The course “Community Nursing” introduces students to diagnosis, treatment, emergencies, child care, birth, and prevention of health problems in these remote areas. The course is supported by a complete virtual library for accessing materials.

                                                                                    Using mobile telephones combined with tele-learning in remote areas on Guatemala has proven to be a very cost-effective healthcare delivery tool. Mobile phone are relatively inexpensive and are widely used in remote areas. This integrated program has trained at least 300 new nurses in the last year while providing healthcare service in remote areas.

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