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How to use this Learning Station

On this Learning Station, you can read and test your knowledge. Tap on a book to open its chapter list. In each chapter, you can take a quiz to test your knowledge.

To take tests, you must register with your email address or cell number. It is free to register and to take tests.

For help email info@bettercare.co.za or call +27 76 657 0353.

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Learning is easiest with printed books. To order printed books, email info@bettercare.co.za or call +27 76 657 0353.

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Introduction

Contents

About the Bettercare series

Bettercare creates learning programmes for healthcare professionals. A learning programme is the curriculum and study material you need to run a course, all in one book. Whether you lead a study group or manage formal training, our learning programmes make your job simpler and easier.

We have developed these programmes in partnership with renowned experts and organisations, including the Perinatal Education Trust, Eduhealthcare, the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, the Desmond Tutu TB Centre, Infection Control Africa Network, Breast Course 4 Nurses and the Perinatal Mental Health Project.

Our aim is to provide appropriate, affordable and up-to-date learning material for healthcare workers in under-resourced areas, so that they can deliver excellent patient care.

The Bettercare methodology is built on the work of the Perinatal Education Programme (PEP), which has provided learning opportunities to over 60 000 nurses and doctors in South Africa since 1992. Many of the educational methods developed by PEP are now being adopted by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Why decentralised learning?

We believe excellent learning material enables health professionals to set up and manage their own courses.

Continuing education for health workers traditionally consists of courses and workshops run by formal trainers at large central hospitals. These courses are expensive to attend, and are often far away from the health workers’ families and places of work. And the content often fails to address the biggest healthcare challenges of poor, rural communities.

To help solve these problems, we offer a self-help, decentralised learning method that addresses the needs of professional healthcare workers, especially in poor, rural communities.

Contributors

Our learning materials have been developed by multi-disciplinary teams of nurses, midwives, obstetricians, neonatologists, and general paediatricians. The development and review of all course material is overseen by the Editor-in-Chief, emeritus Professor Dave Woods, a previous head of neonatal medicine at the University of Cape Town who now consults to UNICEF and the WHO.

Updating the course material

Bettercare learning materials are regularly updated to keep up with developments and changes in healthcare protocols. Course participants can make important contributions to the continual improvement of Bettercare books by reporting factual or language errors, by identifying sections that are difficult to understand, and by suggesting additions or improvements to the contents. Details of alternative or better forms of management would be particularly appreciated. Please send any comments or suggestions to info@bettercare.co.za.