Health Statistics for Decision-making: A Training of Trainers
The Health Statistics for Decision-making: A Training of Trainers was held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 11 to 22 June 2007. The training course was attended by twenty participants from Cambodia, the Lao People's Democratic Republic and Viet Nam, two WHO consultants, two staff members from the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific; and one observer from the Health Metrics Network.The objectives of the training were:
(1) to enhance the participants’ skills on effective teaching and organization of trainings;
(2) to strengthen participants’ ability to use basic statistical tools to summarize, present, interpret and communicate health data and information; and
(3) to develop a preliminary training curriculum tailored to the participating countries’ setting.
The first part of the training dealt with effective teaching and training organization. Sessions featured the basic principles of curriculum planning and training development, formulation of learning objectives and organization of content, instructional methods and materials, and planning and designing participant assessment. The succeeding parts of the training covered various aspects of health statistics. Lectures expounded on the role of health information systems and statistics, health indicators and statistics, data sources, basic statistical concepts, computer applications, information dissemination and communication, and use of information for decision-making.