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Title:Training of medical assistants in maternal and child health in Ifakara, Tanzania: their reaction to the challenge of active participation in the classroom
Author:Bollag, U.
Periodical:Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:maternal and child health care
health education
Abstract:Quite in contrast to Tanzania's far outreaching health scheme, the training of health workers lags behind. Medical education emphasizes the practical training for its health personnel but the teaching of basic sciences is dominated by the traditional concept of learning. 11 years of basic education are required before the student enters a three Years' course of medical sciences. For a group of 28 final year students four evening seminars were held in the Ifakara Medical Assistant Training Centre (MATC). The subjects presented to them were: health education/selfhelp methods; protein-energy-malnutrition; the management of tuberculosis; growth charts. The purpose of this study was to find out about the reaction of the students to learning-teaching methods they were unfamiliar with and which they were confronted with unexpectedly. Fig., ref., sum.