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Jombo Namushi

from Zambia

Jombo Namushi enrolled in a Control Strategies for Infectious and Non-Communicable Diseases course in 2013

The distance learning was awesome, I enjoyed every bit of it, materials to be accessed where plenty and easily accessible and available on time and when needed.

Introduction

I'm Jombo Namushi, 36 years old and I’m from Zambia. I’m a medical doctor by basic training, participating in the 2012/2013 ICHD.

Distance learning

The distance learning was awesome, I enjoyed every bit of it, materials to be accessed where plenty and easily accessible and available on time and when needed. I would recommend the distance learning to be extended to other modules and for other masters programmes and students. Why I would recommend the distance learning is because it is an easy and effective way of learning.

Disease Control

I liked the course because it is very relevant to my line of work and having worked as a medical practitioner I know the challenges most of the developing countries face in disease control and this course made me realize that amidst scarce resources effective disease control strategies are still feasible. I enjoyed most of the course but some things I appreciated most included the interaction with my colleagues on the platform and exchange of information. I would highly recommend distance learning to others because it is cost effective, no need of bulky paper work or hand out, all materials are on the platform.

Benefits

I learnt quite a lot from the course, some notable things include giving feedback to others, critical reading and analysis of other colleagues works and documents and how to use various links and data bases on the platform. Disease control at all levels as a health practitioner is inherent in my daily routine work, however this course made me realize that all levels of disease control from primary to tertiary are critical for effective disease control. Before the course I had a bias towards curative which often is secondary or tertiary, but now my approach has changed to incorporate all levels of prevention, realizing their importance. Thus in my daily life of disease control I have learnt to take a holistic approach to disease control, many thanks to this course.

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