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DFID grant awarded to evaluate Malnutrition eLearning course

Published: 22 May 2015

Dr Sunhea Choi and Mr Trevor Pickup have been awarded £180k from the Department for International Development to conduct an evaluation study of the Malnutrition eLearning course developed in collaboration with the International Malnutrition Task Force in 2010.

The grant is to investigate the effectiveness of the course for global capacity building and the health outcomes that result (www.som.soton.ac.uk/learn/test/nutrition/mele/about/).

The Malnutrition eLearning course was developed to reduce child mortality caused by severe acute malnutrition. Based on the World Health Organisation guidelines, it was designed to offer standardised and interactive learning in the management of malnutrition in children. It has been disseminated and promoted using a social media campaign and has been used by over 10,000 people across the world, 120 countries.

This study, Malnutrition eLearning Evaluation (MeLE) is part of DIFD’s Nutrition Embedding Evaluation Programme (NEEP), developed to help DIFD achieve its commitment to reaching 20 million children under five years of age with nutrition interventions. It will be conducted in partnership with KNUST, Ghana; Jima University, Ethiopia; and Rafael Landivar University, Guatemala for 2 years.

The project team will investigate the impact of the Malnutrition eLearning course on reducing child mortality through training staff, and if the course is proven effective, assess the potential of TEL for global capacity building and social media for engaging health professionals globally.

 

 

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