Primary Healthcare Nursing Promotion Program
Country of Operation
- The National School for Nurses of CobanGovernment
- Centre for Nursing Studies (Newfoundland, Canada)Not-for-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
- Higher middle-income (60-80%)
- High-income (80-100%)
SummaryThe National School for Nurses of Coban in Guatemala created the Primary Healthcare Nursing Promotion Program to increase the number of nursing personnel available to work in rural areas.
To increase the number of nursing personnel available to work in rural areas
Key program components
Nursing shortages, especially in rural areas, are common in developing countries (and increasingly in developed ones as well). One component of this program is a virtual nursing course, which is taught via a combination of telephone and two-way data communications. Of the first virtual nursing course graduates in 2004, a subset became ‘community tele-facilitators.’ These tele-facilitators were each given a mobile (or satellite) phone, which they used to link their rural communities with health specialists in urban areas. The pilot test was launched in 2005 in five municipalities in northern Guatemala and covered 150 communities with a total population of 45,000. At this time, there appears to be continued progress on the virtual nursing training component, but it is not certain whether the tele-facilitator program continued after the initial pilot test.