US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller and Acting Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Bangladesh, John Allelo, yesterday inaugurated an e-mentoring initiative for doctors fighting on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic. USAID, in collaboration with Save the Children, has partnered with a University of New Mexico platform for the initiative, said Save the Children in a statement.
The initiative aims to enhance capacity of Bangladeshi doctors to manage Covid-19 cases through learning and sharing with clinical experts in Bangladesh and in the United States, the statement added.
USAID, through its MaMoni Maternal and Newborn Care Strengthening Project implemented by Save the Children, has partnered with University of New Mexico's Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcome) to come up with the programme that is expected to benefit nearly 4,000 doctors.
Speaking at the event, US Ambassador Miller said he was proud that the US is part of this innovative initiative that will strengthen Bangladesh's health system's capacity to manage Covid-19 cases in health care facilities.
For the programme, Dhaka Medical College Hospital and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) have been selected as mentor institutes, and about 40 public and private hospitals have been selected as learner hospitals.
The learner hospitals will present their Covid-19 patients and case findings to professors of medicine at the mentor institutes and learn from them through knowledge sharing and coaching. This will cover nearly 1,000 doctors directly, while an additional 3,000 doctors are expected to indirectly benefit from these interactive learning sessions.
Prof Dr ABM Khurshid Alam, Director General of Directorate General of Health Services, spoke at the event.