CHWs Training on Palliative care
A new initiative at Saroj Gupta Cancer Centre & Research Institute, Thakurpukur, Kolkata
An eight weeks course has been designed for Community Health Workers with hands on training by the Palliative Care Department of Saroj Gupta Cancer Center and Research institute, Kolkata, India. The objective of the program was to develop knowledge and practical skills in domiciliary palliative care for CHWs which will piggy-back on their existing health care training in basic health. The CHWs are working at a close by Budge Budge Municipality Health Care Centre and looking after the basic health care needs of the local population with financial support from West Bengal Health Dept. under the National Urban Health Mission programme of the Central Government.
Since all the CHWs are already engaged in daily activities it became imperative to arrange only weekend classes continuously for eight weeks so that minimum interference occurs. Faculties were selected both from internal and a few external sources and the weekend classes were held in the campus of SGCC&RI. The duration of each class was kept within three hours time as they had to have enough time to travel from their destination nearly 15 kms away.
Before starting the training a questionnaire was filled up to test their concept on Palliative Care and the need for it. After completing the course an in-house written examination was conducted to evaluate the level of knowledge gained for further analysis and research.
The first batch comprising of 9 students completed their course from mid Jan to mid- March 2019. The second batch has been prepared to start from end of March.