ICAP Nursing E-Learning Platform
ICAP, led by Director and University Professor Wafaa El-Sadr, and Columbia University’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) are collaborating to create a series of online courses to enhance classroom learning in nursing schools across sub-Saharan Africa and support training for nurses and midwives. ICAP’s extension into online learning advances their work with ministries of health across sub-Saharan Africa preparing nurses and midwives for clinical practice, increasing the number of women living with HIV who are on lifesaving treatment, and preventing new infections in children.
The flagship course in the ICAP Nursing E-learning platform, Option B+, increases nurses’ and midwives’ access to up-to-date information on HIV care and treatment guidelines for women and children. The course teaches the new approach recommended by the World Health Organization to prevent mother to child transmission of HIV, which calls for all HIV positive pregnant and breastfeeding women to begin HIV treatment for life. The course uses narratives, case studies, and interactive activities to help students apply information to real world scenarios. Free and open to the public, it was developed with support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
Since the announcement of the first course in October 2014, interest in the learning platform has mushroomed. The CTL has tracked users in 43 countries, both inside and outside sub-Saharan Africa. ICAP and the CTL are now in the process of translating the first course into French and Portuguese. ICAP has also continued to seek funding to develop new material, and plans to release a new course on pediatric nursing in March 2016, funded by the Centers for Disease Control.
Countries with ICAP Nursing E-Learning Platform users as of January, 2015
The free online course provides a breadth of content to teach the skills and protocols necessary for HIV care and treatment.
This interactive activity shows how a patient responds more positively when a nurse is able to reflect back her concerns.
Through some activities, participants explore the patient antiretroviral therapy (ART) card and learn how to use it in various scenarios.