ECEWS INVESTS IN CAPACITY BUILDING
On March 29, 2016, the University of Washington, Dept. of Global Health awarded certificates to 14 ECEWS staff who successfully completed a course on Leadership and Management in Health in December, 2015. This online course which spanned 10 weeks was offered by the University of Washington to fill the leadership and management chasms in the health sector. ECEWS on the other hand seized the opportunity to enhance the capacity of its staff in this regard.
The Executive Director of ECEWS, Mr. Andy Eyo who presented the certificates to staff on behalf of the University expressed gratitude to the University of Washington for the wonderful opportunity given the organization to advance the course of its people.
In Eyo’s words, he said, “We are quite happy that we are able to bring some degrees of solution to our everyday work which as leaders in the health sector, it is so important that we are able to have all these information.”
He described the learning process as being a more advanced one in contrast to the first, which students had to gather at a particular location to receive wired lectures. “For the second time using Washington, we are able to achieve more. The first starting point with Washington was in 2012 when through CDC we were able to provide this same course on Clinical Management of HIV. It was a good course for clinicians and other health workers. They always had to come to our office here every Tuesday evening, spend about 2 hours and they had to be here in person. Today, we are able to do the same course within a more expanded online space where staff from other states could log in.” he said.
The Executive Director however assured those who could not get to the end of the programme, of another opportunity to enroll this year adding that the opportunity will also be extended to mid-level staff and other health professionals to participate considering the fact that the principles learned in this course could be applied in any field. “Our biggest problem today in the health sector is leadership, so if we are able to take this course to leaders, their negotiation skills will be enhanced.” he added.
It is thus expected that having completed this course, participants are able to;
- Approach management challenges in primary health care settings with core knowledge and skills in economic, organizational, and management theory as a guide;
- Pose meaningful questions about what constitutes effective management and leadership in different cultural and organizational contexts;
- Make decisions that weigh practical needs and conditions with ethical, legal, and compliance considerations;
- Use core principles and tools from human resources and finance to address challenges and solve problems;
- Translate insights from self-assessment into personal plans for improving leadership and management skills;
- Identify and consult appropriate sources of data for making sound management decisions;
- Align and motivate individuals, systems, and resources toward a common purpose;
- Design and manage systems that are responsive to donor and Ministry of Health requirements and assure financial and ethical accountability;
- Identify monitoring and evaluation methods that answer key questions about programmatic efficiency and effectiveness.
TESTIMONIES FROM SOME SUCCESFUL PARTICIPANTS
“It was very expository, very hands on and its ability to make practical to theory was very excellent. Even though I have some significant knowledge in financial management but this course really put it one step after the other and trying to organize financial management knowledge in a more simplified way. It was richer, far more engaging. It was easy for everyone to participate.” (Mr. Andy Eyo, Executive Director of ECEWS)
“I have been involved in management courses, most of them would take just an aspect but this one took a more holistic approach to management. I can now explain certain terms in management. I thank ECEWS for the privilege given to us and I look forward to the next one.” (Dr. Ememabasi Bassey, Member Board of Directors, ECEWS)
“It is not just learning it, it gave us an opportunity to link it to our individual plan. It is linked to what everybody is doing whether in science, social science and wherever you find yourself. The energy I spent was worth it because I learnt so much I thank University of Washington and ECEWS for the opportunity given to us.”(Mrs. Uduak Akai, Secretary Board of Directors and Business Official, ECEWS)
LIST OF SUCCESSFUL PARTICIPANTS