Transformative Education
for Health Professionals

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Civil society suggestions

This section uses excerps from the suggestions made by civil society based on the online survey that drew 160 responses out of 304 civil society organizations in low and middle-income countries (*). To advance the contributions of what is termed ‘Southern’ civil society to the transformational education initiative, the results of the survey form the basis of the following suggestions:

  1. Research findings must be translated into practice to meet the needs and encourage the support of policy-makers and civil society advocates.
  2. Cost-effectiveness studies on a larger scale are needed, but equal weight should be given to assessing and building up Southern civil society capacity and ability to support the initiative.
  3. Given the scope of the initiative, standard methods and metrics should be developed for transformational education research and practice.
  4. The implementation of national agendas for civil society research and evaluation processes should be enabled to foster comprehensive polices that subsequently enhance the sustainability of the civil society workforce and leadership in guiding policy recommendations.
  5. The inclusion of Southern civil society perspectives should be a critical step in the process of improving and scaling up health professional education.
  6. The integration of Southern civil society in health population programmes should be promoted and enabled.
  7. A phased/tailored approach to scaling up should be used.
  8. Scaling up should be tailored to contextual circumstances, and delivery should be decentralized.
  9. An integrated approach to scaling up should be adopted.
  10. Strong leadership and governance are needed for the entirety of the scale-up process.
  11. Local implementers and other stakeholders should be encouraged and engaged.
  12. Both state and non-state actors should be used as implementers.
  13. Engaged and “activated” underserved communities are key to the success of scaling up.
  14. Political will should be demonstrated for national policies.
  15. The critical issue of country ownership should be addressed consistently throughout the transformative process.
  16. Research results should be incorporated into implementation: learning and ‘doing’.