Community and evidence-based approaches to healthcare curriculum in Mozambique
Engaging with communities is critical to helping design healthcare systems and to encourage people to invest in their own health. Cooperation between researchers, community members, and health workers helps to address health concerns and inform local decision-making for positive change.
With support from IDRC, the University of Saskatchewan collaborated with Universidade Lúrio (UniLúrio) of Nampula, Mozambique, to create a course on community-based participatory action research (CBPAR) for the UniLúrio health sciences department. During the project, 10 faculty members at UniLúrio were introduced to the CBPAR course and 60 students were introduced to CBPAR principles. Students were put to the test when they carried out eight community-based projects in the Nampula province.
This project developed community connections, shared cross-cultural teaching experiences, and fostered local community partnerships. Participants in the course were encouraged to continue providing evidence-based care throughout their careers.
UniLúrio now plans to include the community-based research course in its health sciences curriculum. The University of Saskatchewan and UniLúrio have also committed to working together again in addressing maternal and newborn mortality in Mozambique.