Tech4Life Enterprises develops simple and cost effective eHealth and mHealth solutions to deal with mental health issues. Tech4Life is currently implementing a range of technologies for frontline health workers to improve mental health in Afghanistan. One of the key technology solutions includes Blended Learning for enhancing the knowledge of health workers about common mental health problems.
The main objective of the Mental Health Blended Learning application is to empower the health workers based in the communities and the primary health facilities, for collecting information and providing services to youth suffering from four major mental health issues, i.e. Depression, Psychosis, Substance abuse and Post traumatic stress disorder, and referring these cases to the appropriate health provided, where necessary.
This project contains information for facility based health workers and for community based health providers in a form of online workshops, face to face sessions and recorded documentations/weekly skype sessions. The information of these mental health issues primarily develop on the basis of pre and post-evaluations which is take place at the start and in the end of every module.
In the end of May, 2015, we completed our first module, called ‘Depression’. Activities performed in this module includes:
- Online learning material which includes recorded lectures, videos, supporting articles, pictorial and animated presentation. This material has been uploaded on an e-learning website Moodle and also provided in a form of memory cards so that every health worker who can have the smart phone can easily excess the material.
- Face to face sessions which are conducted by doctors to facility-based health providers at the primary health care centers. Theses facility-based health providers in turn convey this information to community health workers in their area. In this session, doctors deliver information in the form of power-point presentation.
- Weekly skype sessions on different topics, conducted by the doctor based at Faizabad hospital to the facility-based health providers & CHWs in their area. The session is followed by a question & answer session, where relevant cases are discussed.
Two assessments have been conducted at different times; pre-assessment in the beginning of the project in order to get familiar about the initial knowledge of facility-based health providers & CHWs, and a post-assessment in the end of the module. Results of these assessments have been analyzed in order to know the change in knowledge on the specified module. The above steps are planned for all four mental health issues.