Why Simulation Training?
Although medical simulation is the foundation of patient safety and is an important part of medical education, it is not widely used in Nigeria. DRASA is championing simulation training across the country, complementing the current methods of learning in the medical education system and building capacity among the current health workforce.
Why Infectious Diseases?
Infectious diseases remain the most important contributor to human morbidity and mortality.
Our globalized world allows for the emergence, amplification, and rapid spread of dangerous viruses and pathogens. As the 2014 Ebola outbreak proved, it is important to build and sustain capacity for infectious disease diagnosis and treatment as a matter of national safety and security. With a population of more than 190 million people and an already overburdened healthcare system, Nigeria is at high risk of infectious disease outbreaks.
New infectious diseases like Zika are spreading and old diseases like measles are making a comeback, crossing borders, and killing thousands. In addition, the economic impact of infectious disease outbreaks is enormous. During the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, more than 50% of all infections were people aged 15 – 44, the active labor force (World Bank). This is one of the reasons that the 2015 GDP losses for those 3 countries totaled almost $2.2 billion (World Bank).
Nigeria’s healthcare workers need to be well-trained and prepared to deal with infectious diseases as they are often the first line of defense against a potential outbreak or epidemic.