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Evaluation and Learning Day with DWW Volunteers (Postgraduate Fellowship in Migrant and Refugee Health)

In light of the Cohort A Postgraduate Fellowship (PGF) ending, DWW hosted a Learning and Evaluation Day to present our preliminary findings and progression of the fellowship. Since its inception, we have had over 40 volunteers (NHS doctors, public health practitioners, and researchers) assist with the content and structure of the PGF. In addition, we deployed 7 DWW volunteer medics from the NHS, and recruited 3 local Bangladeshi medical doctors to deliver the training throughout the 12 weeks. Their backgrounds include, but are not limited to: emergency medicine and acute care, general practitioners, mental health, palliative care, obstetrics, sexual and reproductive health, paediatrics, and research. Our volunteers have a wealth of humanitarian and development experience with globally recognised organisations and institutions.

The Learning and Evaluation day was attended by over 15 volunteers in person and online from Bangladesh, UK, and Canada. DWW presented findings from various evaluation platforms used throughout Cohort A such as: baseline clinical and humanitarian knowledge of PGF participants, participant surveys of PGF content presented weekly, volunteer surveys of their experienced as a deployed instructor and clinical shadowing, health facility surveys to assess the clinical context of working in a refugee camp, post-PGF knowledge assessments, and their overall experience of the PGF once completed.

Strong components in our PGF includes:

  • Case-based discussions and simulations
  • ETAT and Basic Life Support skills
  • Triage
  • SPHERE standards
  • Sexual and gender-based violence & MISP
  • mhGAP and mental health assessments
  • Referral and reporting systems in the camps
  • Understanding the humanitarian system (such as humanitarian principles)
  • Mental health support
  • One-on-one clinical shadowing sessions

Areas our PGF are encouraged to enhance includes:

  • Mental health diagnosis
  • Lab diagnostics and analysis
  • Stronger components of paediatrics and geriatrics
  • Eye health
  • Dermatology (specialised cases)
  • Surgical cases and trauma management
  • Medication counselling

Next Steps

Doctors Worldwide UK is confident in our team’s ability to continue the development of strong modules focusing on improving medical care in migrant and refugee settings to local Bangladeshi doctors and healthcare workers. Our staff and volunteers are working hard to improve the content to be taught for Cohort B that will run at the end of November 2018 for 12 weeks. They will be updating content to improve each module for our Cohort B participants in order to receive theoretical and practical learnings to improve their leadership and clinical skills as a medical doctor.

We are excited to start our new cohort of 24 local doctors working in the clinics of the Rohingya refugee and migrant camps who represent 11 different government and non-government organisations. A special thank you to UN IOM Bangladesh for providing strong logistical support to make this entire project successful so far.

If you have experience in developing medical education and/or refugee and migrant health, and you are interested in volunteering with this initiative please contact us at: info@doctorsworldwide.org

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