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e-Skilling India’s Nurses: AHPI, Wadhwani Foundation and Narayana Health collaborate to enable superior care in hospitals

• A tripartite MoU between Wadhwani Foundation, Association of Healthcare Providers of India (AHPI) and Narayana Health to rollout Nursing Care eModules to over 10,000 AHPI members & associated institutions

• This will help overcome the shortage of skilled nursing staff using high quality, video and activity based interactive eLearning, co-developed by Wadhwani Foundation and Narayana Health

• Hospitals across India can upgrade their quality of nursing care by using these learner-centric courses covering both technical and soft skills which can be easily accessed through an anytime, anywhere technology platform

25th Nov 2014, Bangalore: Wadhwani Foundation’s Skill Development Network (SDN) today announced a MoU with The Association of Health Providers of India (AHPI) and Narayana Health (NH) to network and share the nursing training courses co-developed with NH. These eModules will be available to all of the 10000+ hospital and healthcare providers whom AHPI serves to upgrade the skills of their new and existing nursing staff; hence improving their quality of patient care. AHPI, with support from SDN and NH will facilitate information and awareness of these publicly available eModules.

Speaking on the initiative, Dr. Giridhar Gyani, Director General, AHPI said, “Most of the time, a patient in a hospital is in the hands of nurses. Through this training, we further our aim to build capacity in Indian health systems with focus on safety and affordability. This will increase industry growth and employment and create a ready labour pool. In addition to promoting and rolling out this initiative, AHPI will also create certifications for demonstrated skills across member institutions’ employees.”

These courses will be available online to all the member institutions who wish to register through a link on the AHPI website. Information will be disseminated through AHPI newsletters and websites to their members. In addition, focused information sessions will be held in AHPI chapters throughout India as well as their annual Global Conclave in February 2015 in Hyderabad.

Expressing his views on signing of the MoU, Dr. Ajay Kela, President & CEO, Wadhwani Foundation said, “India’s health care sector faces a shortage of 1Million nursing staff. By providing scalable technology enabled job skills training to large segments, this partnership between AHPI, Narayana Health and Wadhwani Foundation’s Skill Development Network (SDN) will go a long way to address this skills gap. This program also aligns with Wadhwani Foundation’s vision of skilling India by leveraging technology and transformative learning techniques.” Skills Development Network (SDN) will produce, enhance and modify the experiential, peer-driven, interactive, and learner-centric course content provided on an online platform with easy access and by using videos, games, simulations, and group activities. It will also monitor online usage and share reports while providing for helpline support to online access and courses. Narayana Health has provided all domain inputs and validation for the course content in line with the industry best practices and will actively participate in the information and training campaigns to drive this to hospitals across the nation.

Dr. Rakesh Verma, Head, Learning and Development, Narayana Health added, “I am excited about taking forward our partnership with Wadhwani Foundation to the AHPI network of more than 10000 hospitals. It gives a sense of pride to all of us at Narayana Health that the course content co-produced between us and Wadhwani Foundation, will have impact at national scale.”

About Wadhwani Foundation:

Founded in 2000 by Dr. Romesh Wadhwani, the Foundation’s primary mission is economic acceleration in emerging economies. The Foundation is driving economic growth in India and other Asian countries through large-scale initiatives in job creation and skill development. To achieve this the Foundation has launched five high impact Initiatives in India, with the goal of creating and filling 25 million jobs in the next 5 years.

National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN), since 2003, has built a strong network with 600 colleges, 4000 mentors and 3200 faculty in India that continue to inspire, educate and support emerging entrepreneurs. For job fulfillment, the Foundation has set up the Skills Development Network (SDN) which supports multiple college, high school and employer initiatives for entry level mid-skill jobs. SDN uses a technology platform for skilling by integrating online/in-class skills education through a digital/video curricula and pedagogy. Opportunity Network for Disabled (OND) is aimed at mainstreaming the educated disabled into sustainable high quality corporate jobs through a business value proposition of lower attrition and higher productivity in hiring the disabled. Research and Innovation Network (RIN) aims to upgrade India’s research eco-system by catalyzing ‘Centers of Innovations’ in partnership with existing research Institutes. Wadhwani Foundation’s Policy Research Centre provides data driven research inputs for informed policy actions towards creating a human-capital driven growth economy. Wadhwani Chair on US-India policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a leading bi-partisan policy “think tank” in Washington, D.C, aims to accelerate India-U.S economic activities.

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