The QI Community has certainly had an eventful week! We were invited to present about our community in the QI Zambia Conference, hosted by the Ministry of Health in the Intercontinental hotel in Lusaka. The Conference has been a humbling experience, hearing so many fantastic presentations about local health care professionals driving forward change throughout Zambia. However, it was clear from some of the presentations there is a lack of knowledge about where to start with QI and how to structure a project.
Our presentation was well received and delegates were really enthused to join our Facebook community. Our Facebook community now has 13 participants (have to start somewhere!), but after we hope that his will grow after we have started our series of Masterclasses. The Masterclass series has been developed in consultation with a Technical Working Group of 26 key stakeholders, including national leads for 4 specialities and backing from the Zambian Ministry of Health.
This Saturday we will start our first masterclass cycle. We will start with a ‘train the trainers’ day for faculty followed by the first two participant sessions next week. Participants have provided us with their project proposals prior to the course and we’re really excited to see how they develop over the 4 weeks. We have a large variety of projects and the participants really show motivation to learn skills to drive change. We’ll keep you updated with the progress of our first pilot Masterclass course and we will share with you the fantastic work being undertaken here in Zambia.
Sarah El-Sheikha, Zambia Anaesthesia Development Project Fellow