Linkage for Education and Research in Nursing (LEARN) : a Caribbean Initiative

Nurses are the largest single group of health professionals who influence the quality of care in the health services. The effort to ensure an adequate quantity and quality of nurses in the Caribbean is aggravated by such factors as migration, maldistribution, HIV/AIDS in the workforce, and lack of resources for training and supporting health workers. At the same time, however, new information and communication technologies (ICTs) offer the possibility of assisting with point of care access to information, treatment decision-making, data collection and information sharing.

This project will support the use of a simple ICT infrastructure and toolkit - comprising personal digital assistants (PDAs), wireless connectivity and health-relevant software - to address these critical challenges. The idea is to improve the health care information system and enhance evidence-based practice within under-resourced Caribbean health care environments. A noteworthy aspect of the project is that it will be implemented by Caribbean-based practitioners and members of the Caribbean Diaspora in Canada.

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Project status


Start Date

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

End Date

Tuesday, February 5, 2008


36 months

IDRC Officer

Ospina, Angelica Valeria

Total funding

CA$ 492,100


North and Central America, South America, West Indies, Canada


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Gladstone A. Best


Barbados Community College

Institution Country


Institution Website