Authors: Dr. Mannan Mridha, Dr. Björn Erik Erlandsson and Dr. Mohammad Islam
Abstract: Lack of experience in health workforce poses major barriers to achieving health-related goals and objectives in many developing countries. Severe sufferings and increased healthcare cost of the patients are sometimes caused due to lack of clarity about patients’ rights to adequate information, choice of drugs and treatment strategies etc. This is largely due to the shortages of health staff, their often inequitable distribution, and gaps in their capacity, motivation, experience and performance. We have been working to empower Mobile Health Workers utilizing the modern Information and Communication Technologies, tailored to local needs and conditions. We have tested different training programs using ICT tools in rural Bangladesh to create skilled health professionals in order to improve the availability, accessibility, acceptability, reliability and safety of health care, utilizing the modern technical and medical devices and ICT tools and strategies. The work focused on to create a qualified workforce that is centered on disease prevention, illness management and long term care for the elderly to reduce the disparities in health and access to health care. We also studied the patient safety aspects of the secondary and tertiary hospitals where the rural patients get referred to for specialists care. And finally, working with innovative, creative and on demand education for adapting to rapidly changing local conditions, for enhancing gender equality, promoting affordable, equitable and safe health care will be an important step towards fulfilling the right of all people to good health to achieve Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.
Keywords: Health work force, e-Health, empowerment with ICT tools, patient safety.