Period: October 2019-April 2020
To teach program staff and government officers the basics of Fluoride and Fluorosis along with introducing Integrated Fluorosis Mitigation that helps practitioners, government officials, NGO leaders get an understanding of action around fluorosis mitigation in an actionable way. The key being to develop this as a remote course, that has frequent interactions spread across a longer period of time.
INREM Foundation (based in Anand) works on various issues with a focus on water quality and health. The institution develops innovative interdisciplinary solutions and brings them into the wider domain of practice by participating with communities and government. They work in a networked format across over 5 states on the ground in the area of integrated fluorosis mitigation, besides supporting other organisations and networks working on arsenic, coastal salinity, besides being involved in policy discussions at the state and central levels.
The audience was primarily program staff from NGOs who were already active in the field and were working in communities confronted with the issue of fluoride in their drinking water, and the staff needed to build foundational knowledge to help integrate into their ongoing programs.
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INREM already had a wealth of knowledge, experience and content from previous training efforts over the decade prior. We worked with them to break the whole process down into a 10 week program which would take a cohort through a learning journey supported by multiple touchpoints to keep them engaged, and learning.
The impact was on multiple levels
1/ For INREM this was the first of many experiments and a move towards doing more and more training virtually. You can read about ongoing trainings and our collaboration here.
2/ The Remote IFM course has become the foundation to train program staff from other NGOs to then get trained and certified as Virtual Trainers for Fluorosis Mitigation such that they can train frontline workers and doctors directly and scale up efforts.
3/ The course is being repeated by the INREM team with a number of NGOs in 2021.