Dr. Mieke Embo, project manager SCAFFOLD is a member of the Board of Directors of the Flemish Association of Midwives. As an expert she contributes to the development of the Flemish Professional Qualifications Framework for midwives. This process is led by Ms. Inge Biot, education advisor of the Flemish government (AHOVOKS-Agency for Higher Education, Adult Education, Qualifications and Study Grants; Qualifications and Curriculum Department).
Global disparities in quantity, distribution and skills of health workers pose a threat to attainment
of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Rwanda and other middle- and low-income
countries face a critical shortage of health professionals, such as midwives.
VLIR/UOS funded a two year project (2018-2019) between the University of Rwanda (UoR) and the
Artevelde University of Applied Sciences in Ghent, Belgium. This project aimed to contribute the
government plans to increase capacity by improving the quality of midwifery clinical education.
The project team conducted two qualitative studies to explore if the competency-based
continuous workplace learning model (Embo et al., 2015) and the e-portfolio (Medbook) were
feasible for clinical education in Rwanda.
What was the result of the pilot study?
All students, mentors and supervisors who participated in the pilot study at the University of
Rwanda prefer a digital or e- portfolio above a paper-based portfolio. An e-portfolio can support
midwives’ competency development but an adapted design and an affordable (open source)
platform are needed to build a sustainable digital e-portfolio in developing countries.
The success of the development and implementation of e-portfolio depends worldwide on the essential
underlying conditions. The most important are: training of e-portfolio users, internet and devices, time, insights in competency-based education and support from the managers at the workplace
and the educational institutions, as well as from regulators and policy.
You can read the open source article here.
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