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 medical simulation training across Nigeria, complementing the current methods of learning in the country’s medical education system.
Why Infectious Diseases?
Although outbreaks continue to happen all over the world and infectious diseases remain the most important contributor to human morbidity and mortality, there are only a handful of infectious diseases specialists in Nigeria.
Our globalized world allows for the emergence, amplification, and rapid spread of dangerous diseases and viruses and as Nigeria’s 2014 Ebola outbreak proved, it is important to build and sustain the capacity for infectious disease diagnosis and treatment across the country. Nigeria’s healthcare workers need to be well-prepared to deal with infectious diseases as they are often the country’s first line of defense against a potential outbreak or epidemic.
The direct and indirect effects of infectious diseases can have major negative influences on the economy of a country or region. Once Nigeria’s health workforce is prepared and ready, in addition to saving lives, the economic impact of future outbreaks and epidemics in the country will be reduced.
DRASA is working with the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine to design and implement an outbreak preparedness programme to ensure health workers across Nigeria can identify, assess, manage, and treat infectious diseases. The University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League Institution, opened America’s first School of Medicine in 1765 and established the nation’s first teaching hospital. Since its founding days, Penn has expanded medical frontiers, made many important discoveries, and continues to educate the next generation of leaders in medicine.
DRASA is also working with Babcock University to pioneer clinical simulation training in the areas of medical ethics and infectious diseases. Babcock University is dedicated to ensuring Nigeria’s capacity to run world-class healthcare service, high tech medical and ethical research, as well as training programs that are applicable, available, accessible, and affordable.