Testing a mobile, on-demand hypertension management training app in Abuja, Nigeria

Leander Nguyen, College of Dental Medicine Class of 2025

Name: Leander Nguyen
School: College of Dental Medicine, Class of 2025
Mentor: Andrew Moran, MD, MPH

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Hypertension is the number one single preventable cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide. In Nigeria there are low levels of hypertension awareness and their population control rate is estimated to be around 2.8%. Training of healthcare workers in Nigeria in standard hypertension care is crucial for establishing hypertension control services in primary healthcare centers and thereby preventing hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. However, one main challenge is that current in-person hypertension training is inefficient and hypertension knowledge gained during one-off mass training is lost over time. Staff turnover is another issue and requires primary health centers to offer more in- person training sessions to new healthcare workers. One solution that Resolve To Save Lives has proposed is the creation of a self-paced on demand digital mobile app that allows healthcare workers to refresh their memory through various hypertension training modules. For this Global Pop internship, 12 new modules were created in consultation with local and international hypertension experts. The aim is to have these demo modules launched around late October 2022. To gain feedback on how the course and platform performs with Nigerian healthcare workers, 5-10 healthcare workers in Nigeria will randomly be chosen to test demo modules implemented into the app for beta testing. Each participant will complete pre and post training hypertension knowledge assessments. At the end of the course, they will alsol be given a likert-scale of acceptability survey and go through semi-structured interview processes to gather qualitative data.