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"Health Research Methods" and "Project Cycle Management" trainings held in Hawassa

The training was given for Compassion Africa Health Specialists in Hawassa . It was organized by ACIPH and Compassion International Ethiopia. Trainings were given on titles: "Health Research Methods" held from Oct 11 - 16, 2010 and "Project Cycle Management" from Oct 12 - 14, 2010. The participants for the training were the Compassion International staff members which were about 34 in total for both trainings. The aim of the trainings was to enable the participants understand the purpose and nature of health research. And also to enable the participants to understand the basic concepts and practical approaches for project cycle management respectively. The trainings were given by the ACIPH staff members Prof. Yemane Berhane, Ewenat G/Hanna, Betelhim Belay and Asmert Moges.

Baseline Assessment on Pain Management in Ethiopia

In collaboration with the Ethiopian Public Health Association (EPHA), ACIPH has conducted "Baseline evaluation of pain management practices and teaching in Ethiopia."  The study was conducted in selected health facilities and health training schools in all regions of the country. The objective of the study is to assess knowledge, attitude and practice related to pain assessment and management among health workers working at different levels of health care facilities; the emphasis was given to pain assessment and management in the pre-service training at the medical schools; and evaluates the availability, storage, and prescription of different pain management drugs in facilities. The evaluation had four components: health workers survey, medical school survey, pharmacy survey, and desk review and synthesis. The study was conducted in selected facilities in all regions of Ethiopia. The study participants were health professionals working in hospitals, health centers, pharmacies and staffs in medical schools. A total of 673 health workers, 132 pharmacy professionals and 38 medical school staffs were participated in the study. Data collectors were trained on the objectives of the study and unbiased way of data collection techniques using the study tools were deployed to do the data collection. The study is now completed and the draft report is ready for dissemination through the EPHA.