Motivating health professionals to learn about and limit infectious disease

When it comes to disease, a well-trained workforce can make the difference between life and death.

To combat infectious disease, integrated training efforts are essential

A well-trained workforce can make the difference between life and death for patients. When COVID-19 threatened to overwhelm health systems, coordinated efforts were needed to rapidly upskill nurses, doctors, and other health staff.

Haroman is part of Timor-Leste's infectious disease prevention strategy. It aims to improve infection prevention capacity at the local level, and enables disease surveillance on a national scale.

Learning and reporting: a win-win

Through the use of Canoe, our digital micro-learning platform, we created and aggregated training content from multiple organisations in Timor-Leste. The Haroman app we designed with Maluk Timor is available in Tetun and English and will include lessons on 52 infectious diseases, including symptom recognition, safety, and more.

Via the app, a health worker can report progress on what they've learned, and receive prompts and nudges to continue their training. In doing so, they're also contributing to national disease monitoring efforts. The Government of Timor-Leste can then more effectively track nationwide information on infectious diseases, grounded in local-level input from health staff on the front lines.

"No one can do their job properly without tools. Imagine a clinician in a remote health centre facing an outbreak of infectious disease. The Haroman app is their friend and colleague, helping them care for each patient while protecting themselves and the community. It's a tool that every clinician can use in delivering best-practice care anywhere, anytime."

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