Building the capacity of new and current SHiFAT staff is an essential part of the programme implementation. SHiFAT understands that employees are a key determinant of the organization’s success and are often the “face” of the agency to partners and stakeholders. Maintaining a well-trained, well-qualified workforce is a critical function of the entire organization. At SHiFAT we focus on the training of all staff covering guiding principles, goals and activities of the organizational programming. In addition to the basic trainings for all staff, specialized staff also receives targeted training to meet their key responsibilities which help build the skills needed to carry out their job specifications, not only through preliminary training, but also through on-going refresher trainings. Putting such a focus on capacity building allows for the influence of change in staff attitudes and behavior. Raising awareness and instituting systems such as coaching, mentoring and providing guidance for SHiFAT staff accountability achieves this.

Some key capacity building trainings that SHiFAT’s staff took part in during 2015 are as follows; 

Erigavo Hospital Staff training

  • Understanding Research – This training introduced the hospital staff to the philosophy and methodology of research in general, including the concept of research culture. They were able to gain an understanding of how to approach the formulation of research questions, and were provided with an overview of methods of data collection and analysis in both quantitative and qualitative research. The staff was also introduced to some of the issues around ethics in research.
  • Leadership Management – This training was aimed at improving the staff’s performance by increasing their effective leadership and management skills allowing them to be ready to successfully overcome any difficult challenges that may arise. The leadership management training course provided numerous avenues for enhancing the qualities of good leadership in the SHiFAT team by fulfilling potential through effective leadership skills in areas like: team building, strategic planning, decision making and more.
  • Quality Management – This quality management training included a management technique used to communicate to our staff what is required to produce the desired quality of products and services and to influence employee actions to complete tasks according to the quality specifications of the organization.
  • Strengthening Health Systems Capacity – This training focused on improving health system performance and ensuring delivery of high-quality services in resource-limited settings. The World Health Organization’s six “building blocks” of health systems provided the foundation for this training. This approach helped to identify and remove obstacles in the health system, improve coverage and quality, and bring interventions to scale with the staff.

Sanaag Midwifery Training 

We are currently waiting for funding to manage a midwifery training school to produce community midwives that can provide maternal assistance in the absence of fully qualified midwives. We believe the presence of midwives is vital to maternal health in Somaliland, however, many women find it difficult to go to school and receive the proper qualifications. With this midwifery training school, we hope to find a solution to the latter by providing a middle ground for women that want to help, but are not able to go to University.