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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 1, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 24
Computers Can Aid Low-Resource Areas in Reproductive Health Learning

An article written by three JHPIEGO information technology experts and published in the journal Internet Health examines the lessons learned and best practices for expanding reproductive health learning opportunities in low-resource settings through the use of computer centers. Internet Health is a peer-reviewed journal on medical research, applications, communication and ethics.

The authors, Theresa C. Norton, senior information resource developer; Richard L. Sullivan, director of the Learning and Performance Support Office; and Susan J. Griffey, vice president for technical operations, wrote that students and health care professionals in low-resource settings have few options for staying up-to-date in their health fields, and they discuss best practices for improving health education in the field that have been fine-tuned by JHPIEGO since 1999.

Since pre-service education and in-service training institutions in many developing countries have limited resources, to achieve sustainable development of updated health care professionals, international donor organizations are turning to information and communication technology.

Since 1999, JHPIEGO, under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development, has been establishing Technology-Assisted Learning Centers, known as TALCs, at key health sciences schools and in-service training centers in countries such as Bolivia, Malawi, Haiti, Nepal and Uganda. As JHPIEGO works to integrate TALCs with other efforts to strengthen curriculum and training systems, it has seen disparate outcomes of the TALCs, depending largely on variables of the host institutions and telecommunications infrastructures.

The article published in Internet Health discusses the lessons learned and development outcomes of expanding health education opportunities through TALCs. The article, "Expanding Reproductive Health Learning Opportunities in Low-Resource Settings: Technology-Assisted Learning Centers," can be accessed online at

JHPIEGO builds global and local partnerships to enhance the quality of health care for women and families around the world.


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