Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
On-line version ISSN 1678-8060
BEANLAND, TJ et al. Multimedia materials for education, training, and advocacy in international health: experiences with the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative CD-ROM. Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz [online]. 2006, vol.101, suppl.1, pp. 87-90. ISSN 1678-8060. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0074-02762006000900013.
We describe an innovative use of multimedia materials to support training and advocacy within a schistosomiasis control programme. The Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI) at Imperial College London works with selected sub-Saharan African countries to develop schistosomiasis control programmes. Two elements of the SCI programme were supported by multimedia materials developed at the Wellcome Trust in collaboration with the SCI: (1) training of programme managers, district health officers, and those delivering practical elements of the programme; and (2) advocacy targeted at decision-makers and donors. Evaluation of the materials revealed high reported ratings for both user satisfaction and impact from use of the product. From this experience we draw out several general messages about development of multimedia materials and how these will play a growing future role in promoting training within international health.
Keywords : educational technology; multimedia; public health; schistosomiasis; communicable disease control.