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A training strategy for personnel working in developing countries.

O’Toole, Brian and McConkey, Roy (1998) A training strategy for personnel working in developing countries. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 21 (3). pp. 311-321. [Journal article]

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Throughout the world a common consensus has emerged that community based services offer the best prospect of meeting the needs of people with disabilities and their families. However the shift away from specialist centres and institutions has not been accompanied as yet by a reappraisal of the training required by personnel working in these new forms of services. The paper describes the training strategy which has been developed by the Community Based Rehabilitation Programme, in Guyana, South America. This has three components. First, the identification of training needs of families and support workers, second, the production of video-based training packages on specific topics and third, the utilisation of available personnel to act as local tutors. This strategy has resulted in over 7,000 CBR volunteers, health workers, teachers in mainstream schools, families and villagers having access to information and skills which otherwise they would be denied. An immediate priority in developing countries is to nurture the human resources required to develop and sustain this sort of training strategy and proposals for doing this are outlined.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
ID Code:18392
Deposited By: Prof Roy McConkey
Deposited On:18 May 2011 11:47
Last Modified:05 Mar 2015 11:36

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