The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has a long-standing reputation in advancing knowledge about the prevention and treatment of malnutrition. The ‘Ten Steps’ of treatment were set in motion and developed at the School, and the WHO guidelines for managing severe malnutrition were crafted to a significant extent by School alumni. The International Malnutrition Task Force is also strongly linked with the School and, together with Southampton University, has developed an on-line course which is freely available to train health workers across the world in the management of severe acute malnutrition.
The course takes 6-8 hours to complete and and is suitable for doctors, nurses and public health professionals. A certificate of completion is issued.
Based on the WHO guidelines, the course provides interactive learning in 3 modules, and includes assessment and screening, visible and invisible changes caused by malnutrition, why malnourished children need different care from other children, and how to successfully manage children with malnutrition.
Around 300 people/month are enroling for the course and the aim is to reach 100,000 health professionals. Some are self-learners; others are teachers and trainers who use the e-learning course as part of their teaching.
Feedback has been excellent. Here are three examples.
“…careful and thoughtful choice of course content, simplified in language but detailed in content… The management of malnutrition in infants is a great course.” TC, 3/2/13
“I really enjoyed the course process. It was wonderful and educative.” FR, 18/1/13
“I’m in the teaching profession so I have to go giving lectures to colleges, anganwadi (community) workers, NGOs etc….. so this course helped me a lot in preparing my presentations and cleared my doubts on some topics” (survey feedback)