eWoundHelp offers evidence-based training about chronic wounds to health workers in Africa via mobile phones to end the myth, false believes and stigma about chronic wounds!
Africa will be short of 6 million healthcare workers by 2030. While Africa has the fastest growing middle class in the world, with 313 million people of Africa’s population. This growing middle class is demanding higher quality and more specialized medical care.
There are currently no provision of specialised wound care training to doctors and nurses in Kenya during their training years and the provision of wound care in smaller public facilities and rural areas remain very basic. Wound care, especially regarding foot complications is crucial as the number of people living with diseases such as diabetes is set to increase.
There are 14.2 million people with diabetes in Africa, with that figure expected to rise to 34.2 million in 2035. 10 to 15% of these patients will develop foot ulcers at some stage of their lives and nearly 50% of them will be admitted due to diabetic foot complications.
We offer Evidenced-based wound treatment, our goals are:
- Save time for health workers
- Heal the wounds faster to reduce the patient’s health expenditure
- Educate the future generation of nurses ( after a few years of operation)
The new conditions will need different types of healthcare workers, especially specialized nurses. We conduct trainings online from a distance in French
We will teach them to give a rapid , accurate wound assessment, diagnosis and wound treatment. But we also to deliver a cost-effective treatment, meaning they will weigh in on which treatment might be more affordable for the hospital, lasts less longer to change the dressing and yet heals faster and is more effective.
We will also teach them about nutritional advices of rich local African food that can help heal the wound faster as nutrition also plays an important part in the wound healing process.
A rapid accurate foot assessment is vital to treat foot complications to reduce the number of amputations. Amputations do not only have a devastating effect on the patient emotionally and physically but can also lead to difficulties in finding work which in turn, presents an added cost to the state. This will also alleviate the heavy workload of nurses and doctors and give them more time to spend with the patients.
A specialised wound care infrastructure will alleviate the burden on Africa’s healthcare system.
This course is focused on chronic wounds as this has been a major problem in Africa. The goal is to train the students to become wound care consultants so they can offer their patients an evidence-based practice.
Ms. Maria Pedro Miala, and Dr. Sinda Leontine made the curriculum of this course and came up with the idea when they noticed the lack of a good postgraduate training about wound care in many African countries.
Written by Ms. Maria Pedro Miala Maria, a Bachelor of Science degree holder in Nursing from Belgium. She is a Certified Reference Nurse for Wound Care and Co-Founder of eWoundhelp with Dr. Sinda. She is a member of the European Wound Management Association, she is an active member of the Telenursing Working Group and of the International Society for Telemedicine and e-Health.