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Pilot revolutionizes job readiness at scale via transformational, learner-centric, and scalable skills training program.

Bangalore, June 24, 2014 - Wadhwani Foundation, in collaboration with Narayana Health (NH), has announced the success of its skills training pilot program for NH's healthcare support staff. The program aims to fill the void of critical skills needed in the healthcare industry that are currently missing from formal and informal nursing education programs. Using videos and interactive, technology-based lessons, accessible on an online platform, Wadhwani Foundation's courseware is designed for rapid rollout. To date, WF has reached more than 1,700 nurses and nursing assistants across 20 Narayana Health centers in just a few months. This program is part of Wadhwani Foundation's larger vision of skilling India by leveraging technology and transformative learning techniques.

India continues to face a growing gap in maintaining a skilled labor force, or knowledge workers, to conduct some of the nation's most critical - though often overlooked - jobs. Support and paramedical staff represent this segment in the healthcare industry; individuals are required to perform a skilled job without access to a job competency driven curriculum or having undergone formal training. According to industry experts, India's health care sector faces a shortage of 1 million nursing assistants. Wadhwani Foundation strives to meet this need by producing quality, open source training solutions.

"Our strategic collaboration with Wadhwani Foundation is a step in the right direction. India's healthcare industry is facing an acute shortage of support staff and I am glad that the skill development initiative of Wadhwani Foundation has already skilled over 1,700 competent staff. This happened despite full shift schedules, because these learner-centric e-modules do not drain experienced teaching nurses' time and allow the trainees flexibility in taking courses inside and outside the classroom.

Since we seek to expand from 5,000 beds to 30,000 beds in three years, rather than running disparate and traditional teacher driven training courses, this approach of creating and deploying repeatable, modular self and peer- driven lessons can help us realize this goal without diluting the skills of our people or quality of our care," said Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty, Chairman, Narayana Health.

Wadhwani Foundation worked closely with practitioners at Narayana Health to identify critical nursing and patient care skills, job needs, required training processes, as well as curriculum and generic content. The Foundation's instructional design team restructured course content to leverage experiential, peer-driven, interactive, and learner-centric pedagogies. By using videos, games, simulations, and group activities to deliver content, Wadhwani Foundation's approach ensures that students receive a 360 degree learning experience. All courses are deployed using an easily accessible online technology platform, reducing the dependence on and workload of teachers, while providing flexibility for students to study at their own pace and location.

Elaborating further on the successful partnership with Narayana Health, Ajay Kela, Wadhwani Foundation's CEO, said, "Job outcomes should be the main criteria by which we evaluate skill training and the best way to develop such courses is to work hand in glove with the employers. In partnership with Narayana Health, one of India's largest healthcare service providers, we have successfully created a technology-enabled curriculum for comprehensive training of healthcare workers that will be available to the Industry. This pilot is part of the Foundation's larger vision to develop a market ready skilled force across industries through our innovative and scalable technology solution. Our partnership with Narayana Health is a positive first step in that direction."

The carefully designed job competency curriculum includes typical medical procedures, as well as functional English, Life & Workplace skills, Basic IT skills, Occupational Safety, Health & Environment training, and Medical Math. More than 210 hours of content has been developed since early 2013 and the curriculum continues to be piloted for skill upgradation with new nurses, patient care assistants, and other new and existing healthcare support staff. Feedback from students has been uniformly positive with every single student preferring it to traditional classes.

Narayana Health is mainstreaming Wadhwani Foundation's initiative as part of its comprehensive professional development plan for all employees. Wadhwani Foundation has begun to roll out its healthcare curriculum to other healthcare providers. The roadmap also includes deployment of NH internal training in feeder and community colleges/ and other training providers. WF is also in discussions with AICTE and the Healthcare Sector Skills Council to make the courseware a part of the national school and college curriculum through the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF). The stage is set for a revolution in job driven education. CCI Newswire

Category: Awareness

Bangalore, April 30, 2014 - HCG Hospitals, in association with Zonal Coordination Committee of Karnataka for Transplantation (ZCCK), organized a walkathon – “Walk for Life” to create awareness on organ donation.

The aim of this walkathon is to create awareness and educate the people that they can make a change in lives of others, by being an organ donor.

The walkathon was flagged of by Chief Guest, Honourable Justice, Dr. Y. Bhaskar Rao, Lokayukta, which saw more than 500 people participating. Doctors, students, corporates, and public at large participated in the event.

Honourable Justice, Dr. Y Bhaskar Rao, Lokayukta, speaking on the occasion said, " I'm happy to be part of this noble cause. Awareness is the key and activities such as these go a long way in educating and creating awareness on organ donation, which will bring a change in the society." 

Dr. Basant Mahadevappa, Consultant, Liver Transplant Surgeon, said, “In India, the number of patients requiring organ transplantation exceeds the number of organ donors. With advancements in organ transplant procedures, the quality of life has increased and people are living healthy for longer years. A suitable donor can help save upto 16 lives and I’m glad to see so many people to have come forward for this noble cause.” CCI Newswire
Category: Awareness

Rajasthan, April 23,2014 - A joint Blood Donation Camp and Health Awareness Programme was organised by ShriArorvanshNavyuvak Club, SadulShahar at ArorvanshBhawan, Sadulshahar, Sriganganagar, Rajasthan on 13th April 2014, Sunday in association with Seth G.L. Bihani S.D. College of Technical Education (pharmacy), Sriganganagar.

The camp organised for a humanitarian cause witnessed an overwhelming response with 81 plus blood donors. Students from the college made the visitors and donors aware about common health complications and a healthy life style along with providing a free health check-up of 125 persons which included blood pressure, blood glucose, weight, height measurements and calculation of body mass index. CCI Newswire

Category: Awareness

New Delhi February 24, 2014:-
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the National Conference on TB and Allied Diseases (NATCON) at Rashtrapati Bhavan Auditorium on (February 23, 2014). 

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that global TB control is unattainable without controlling the incidence of TB in India. Nearly 20 years after WHO’s declaration of Tuberculosis as a global public health emergency, major progress has been made towards attainment of the global targets defined in the context of the Millennium Development Goals. India has been an able partner in this progress. 

The President stated that the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) has become one of India’s largest public health achievements. The endeavor should now be to aim for universal access focusing on improved diagnosis of TB patients through improving outreach, vigorously expanding case-finding efforts among vulnerable sections of the society, deploying better diagnostics, and extending services to patients diagnosed and treated in both the public and private sectors. He said that the emphasis also has to be on improving patient-friendly access to high-quality treatment for all diagnosed cases of TB, including scaling-up treatment for Multi-Drug Resistant-TB nationwide. He called upon all stakeholders to commit themselves to continue to do their best for instituting health care systems in the country which are equitable, affordable and accessible by all sections of the society. 
Category: Awareness

New Delhi  December 18, 2013:
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has prepared a road map for Radiological/ Nuclear Emergencies in consultation with National Disaster Management Authority and Department of Atomic Energy. The hospital infrastructure strengthening and training requirements to provide medical treatment during radiological/ nuclear emergencies have been factored in 12th Five Year Plan under the programme ‘Health Sector Disaster Preparedness and Response’. 

This was stated by Sh Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha today.CCI Newswire
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