KHCC and Ain Shams University Institute of Psychiatry conduct TDT training of trainers for Egyptian champions

Partners on the Expand Availability of Tobacco Dependence Treatment (TDT) Services in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) Program, King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC) and the Institute of Psychiatry at Ain Shams University, conducted the first training of trainers (ToT) workshop under the project. The workshop, which took place at Ain Shams University Training and Development Center in Cairo last December, brought together 25 future trainers to equip them to serve as TDT champions in the various regions of Egypt.

With support from their pertinent organizations, these champions will serve as providers of TDT services across the country and will continue to train other healthcare providers within their governorates. In the coming six months, the champions will establish TDT services at their institutions. They will then use their services to train medical residents using a training program that KHCC and the Institute of Psychiatry carefully designed to address the specific needs of Egypt and that builds on the experience of KHCC in training on TDT in the EMR as a Global Bridges regional partner, and the experience of Ain Shams University Institute of Psychiatry in offering and training on TDT.

Over four days, the workshop aimed to establish a solid background in TDT, and advance training skills and capacity of the participants. Accordingly, the workshop presented the various components of TDT along with sessions on building and delivering training programs. Building towards the workshop, the participants received materials for self-reading and undertook an online pre-training assessment. During the workshop, participants were engaged in delivering parts of the training to allow them an opportunity to practice in a safe and supervised environment. Following the workshop, Ain Shams University Institute of Psychiatry will continue to reinforce the learning through conducting refresher workshops and creating other opportunities for interaction. In addition, the program will utilize social media tools to launch and run a ‘virtual clinic’; a forum that will allow participants to continue to discuss and ‘practice’ TDT in a safe environment.

The participants who represent different Egyptian organizations came from public, private, and military healthcare services. Their backgrounds and expertise span psychiatry, pulmonology, occupational and environmental medicine, and toxicology. This variation enriched the workshop with ideas, various perspectives, and fruitful discussions.

KHCC is going forward with the next steps in this project and will conduct similar workshops during the next year in Oman, Tunisia, and Morocco.

ToT Egypt Dec 6-9- 2015