Mother Patern College of Health Sciences (MPCHS)



STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMS
The College consists of training as well as program of health education, research in women's issues and awareness in HIV/AIDS. The training programs include:

A. Certificate (4 months)
Primary Health Care trains members of the Health Team to be better equipped with the knowledge, concepts and skills of the Primary Health Care process.
Basic Social Work Skills trains workers to respond better to the needs of children in especially difficult circumstances.

B. Diploma (3 years)
Laboratory Technician Diploma Course: The first phase of this program updates the skills of those who have been Laboratory Assistants.

C. Associate Degree
Nursing: This course is designed for high school graduates and runs for three years. At the end of the three years the graduate receives an associate degree in nursing as well as be eligible to sit the National State Nursing Board exam for Registered Nurses.

D. B.Sc. General Science
This course is designed primarily to assist Physician Assistants to earn their degree in general Sciences. Students who have earned associate degree in Nursing and Laboratory Technicians are allowed to this course.

Associate of Science Degree in Nursing
Nursing started in September 1998. It is a three year Associate Degree Program. Graduates will sit the State Nursing Board Exam. Graduates may choose to continue for their Bachelor's Degree. The second phase of this program admits Registered Nurses from other training institutions for their Bachelor's Degree.

Pinning and Awards was held on August 28th, 2007 at the St. Teresa's Convent Auditorium and the Pledging Ceremony for 21 juniors was held on October 20th, 2007 at Our Lady of Lebanon Church.

Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing
This second phase of the Nursing program is a three year Program in which Registered Nurses from other training institutions are admitted for their Bachelor's Degree.

Bachelor's Science Degree in Biology
This is a full four year degree course with a Major in Biology and Minor in Chemistry. It is open to High School Graduates. Recent accreditation has been received from the University of Liberia for these students to apply to the Dogliotti Medical College.

Social Work Skills
We have stopped the Basic Social Work Skills training and have upgraded the AA in Social Work to a Bachelor in Social Work (BSW)

Bachelor's Degree in Social Work
In September 2007 we opened a four year Program for Social Work (BSW); it is the only Professional Social Work School in the Country.

Associate of Science Degree in Medical Laboratory
This course is designed for high school graduates or above who are desirous of becoming Medical Laboratory Technicians. The Course is a three year Associate Degree Course. Classes are held both morning and evening hours. Practicals (clinicals) are done at the St. Joseph's Catholic Hospital Laboratory, ELWA and Redemption Hospitals. Rural Affiliation is done at Phebe and Ganta Hospitals.

Health Systems Management Certificate Course of Primary Health Care
The Health Systems Management Course is a competency-based training focused on the effective management of health systems. The goal of the Health Systems Management Course is to strengthen management capacity in support of the implementation of the National Health Plan. The National Health Plan includes four (4) components:

- The basic package of health services (BPHS)

- Human Resources for Health

- Infrastructure Development

- Support Systems.

Implicit in this plan, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare reasserts leadership role in the oversight of a network of health service providers, requiring increased coordination and collaboration.

Managers must be well equipped to deal with a number of challenges, including the decentralization process and implementation of the Basic Package of Health Services, as well as the transition from relief to development and the associated shift in partner and donor support. Meeting these challenges requires a shift from crisis management to strategic thinking and systems development, skills that will be developed through participation in this course.
In addition to creating an understanding of the National Health Plan and the leadership and management skills required to bring this vision into practice, participants will learn and apply skills in the following areas:

The collaborative nature of the course will facilitate the development of a community of learners that includes participants from multiple layers of the health sector. These teams will be well-equipped to work together to effectively implement the National Health Plan.


PROGRAMS

Women's Health and Development (WHDP)
The goal of this Program is to bring women together from different ethnic and religious groups in Liberia in order to promote change in women's attitudes and practices regarding violence against women. The Program encourages solidarity and support among women in order to identify actions women can take to bring about change in their lives.

Have been conducting and facilitating awareness workshops on Gender Based Violence, HIV/AIDS, and Women Rights in six (6) Counties namely: Bomi, Cape Mount, Lower Montserrado, Margibi, Nimba and Bong; and we also worked with other Partners to bring about a change in our Country.

We also did skills training. In Gbaye's Town the 30 women are now doing sewing, soap making and 60 in adult literacy. We are also doing the same in New Gbessala and Digamn in Nimba County.

Micro Loan during the period L$150,000 was given as loan to a total of 28 women in Todee District. An amount of L$157,500 was collected which will be given to 26 more women from two communities.

We are doing follow- up visits to women groups to plan a support group convention.

Child-to-Child
The Child-to-Child Health Education Program is an international Program is designed to teach and encourage children to be concerned about their health and that of their younger brothers, sisters and other children in the communities in which they live. All books, posters, flash cards and other teaching aids have been developed, printed and distributed in 132 schools in Montserrado, Margibi, Grand Bassa, Bong, Nimba and Bomi Counties. This Program has achieved its intended goals and objectives.

These health educational materials were developed by Mother Patern College of Health Sciences Staff. Books and Teacher's Guides from Kindergarten to Grade 7, include Flip Charts and Posters. These booklets are being used in all Catholic Schools and some Government Schools.

Health Science Teachers are trained in this concept thus enabling them to teach the younger ones.

HIV / AIDS Awareness
This Archdiocesan Program is designed to increase awareness through training volunteers at all levels, of HIV/AIDS and encouraging the people, especially the young to modify their sexual behavior so that they will not become infected with HIV/AIDS. The basis for behavior modification will be to urge the adherence to traditional tribal ethics and to Christian morality. A volunteer Counseling and Testing Program and Media Program were added in June, 2002.

Activities of the HIV/AIDS Team include:

Awareness Workshops (TOV, TOT)

Working with Parishes and Schools to create awareness (School Health Clubs)

Voluntary Counseling and Testing

Treatment and care of these people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA)

Home Based Care

Support Group activity - people living with HIV (PLWH)

Trauma Counseling Program
This Archdiocesan Trauma Counseling Program focuses presently in schools both Catholic and Government in training teachers as Child Advocates and students as Palaver Managers. These Child Advocates are given skills to assist children with problems in the school, at home and the community. The Palaver Managers are trained to help resolve "Palaver" (conflict) among their peers.
During the period under review the Trauma Counseling Program undertook the following activities:

- Assessment of the number of Child Advocates and Palaver Managers in twelve (12) of the Catholic Schools within the Archdiocese of Monrovia

- Monitored and supervised the Child Advocates, Palaver Managers in the twelve (12) Catholic Schools

- Worked with leaders of Small Christian Communities in three (3) Parishes Conflict Resolution
Worked with Catechists in these three (3) Parishes on Conflict Resolution and Peace Building