Health Training at Egypt's National Training Institute
Pfizer works with the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Project HOPE to equip Egypt's National Training Institute (NTI) to provide state-of-the-art training for physicians, nurses and health professionals in Egypt and the Middle East in Infection Control, Family Medicine, Ophthalmology, Urology, General Surgery, Research Methodology, and Healthcare Management. Pfizer also helped upgrade laboratories and training equipment. Nearly 15,000 physicians have been trained through 220 training courses and 21 symposia. Project HOPE has asked Pfizer to help extend the project for an extra year, to expand the current Emergency Medical Services modules (Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support), to cover Emergency Medical training, including Mass Casualty management and Pediatric Emergency Services. As Project HOPE supported the NTI's accreditation by the American Heart Association, Pfizer will support additional accreditations related to these new courses. Pfizer will also support the development of distance learning options for new and existing courses. Pfizer will also help introduce leadership and management training in the NTI training curriculum. In 2007, NTI established some revenue generating capacity but these efforts need to be expanded and so Pfizer will help to develop a sustainability strategy and plan for the NTI.