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Learning and Development Unit

Learning and Development Unit

About The Learning and Development Unit

This unit initiates, implements and coordinates capacity building for the Institute. It also spearheads Continuous Quality Improvement and Health System Strengthening activities for IHVN. We utilize cutting-edge, evidence-based and cost-effective methodologies.

Our capacity building efforts support Human Resources for Health (HRH) within the organization, and in public and private health institutions. As of September 2020, we trained 45, 607 health care workers in biomedical, behavioural and social science research areas for improved prevention, care and treatment of HIV/AIDS, HIV-related conditions, TB and other areas. The department also actively engages the Federal Ministry of Health, its departments and agencies on issues relating to the country’s Human Resources for Health policy, strategy and implementation modalities.

The Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Unit works towards progressive improvement and sustenance of the quality of care provided to our clients through appropriate performance measurements and Quality Improvement activities across health facilities and states that we support.

These activities include, the biannual Federal Ministry of Health led HIV Quality of Care Rounds (NigerQual), which evaluates a total of 21 clinical and 16 non-clinical


indicators, and PEPFAR’s Site Improvement through Monitoring Systems (SIMS) which evaluates core essential elements. Results from these exercises then inform quality improvement initiatives through the PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Act) cycles to test and scale-up innovative change ideas.

A robust multi-disciplinary quality management infrastructure at various levels ensure that quality-of-care is maintained at our supported facilities. This structure includes site-based Continuous Quality improvement committee, State and Central IHVN-based Quality Improvement teams and State Implementing teams. These are done with an additional objective of promoting personnel health.

The Health Systems Strengthening Unit promotes stakeholder ownership of health programs for improved coordination, better resource mobilization and sustainable health interventions. A key activity we have implemented is the use of Human Resource for Health Information system at Nasarawa state and the Federal Capital Territory.

Training activities are done with funding from the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and Global Fund grants. Other notable support for capacity building has been received from the National Institute for Health (NIH). We also implemented the Training Program in Nigeria for Non-Communicable Diseases Research (TRAPING grant) which sponsored doctoral level training for fellows at various institutions in the UK and US.

Unit contact email: [email protected]

Training Resources

  1. Overview of Biosafety and Biosafety levels
  2. Laboratory Biosecurity
  3. Risk Assessment Process
  4. Personal Protective Equipment
  5. Emergency Response Incidence Response Programmes
  6. Chemical Management and Selection of Disinfectants
  7. Spill Management
  8. Waste Management Programmes
  9. Occupational Health for laboratory programs
  10. Introduction to Packaging Transport Terminologies

Learning And Development Team