Teaching and Learning in Angola


  • Jeanne Raisler cnm, mph

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    • Jeanne Raisler is an Assistant Professor in the Nurse-Midwifery Program of the SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn. She is an Associate Editor and Coordinator of the International Exchange column of the Journal of Nurse-Midwifery.


Training and service delivery in maternal and child health are high priorities for Angola's national health system. Maternal and infant mortality are very high, and there is a severe shortage of physicians. Most reproductive health care is provided by nurses and midwives. Appropriate education, resources, and support can assist these professionals in their struggle to improve mother and infant outcomes.

A teacher training seminar for experienced nurses and midwives was carried out in Luanda, Angola in the summer of 1988. Content focused on family planning, sexually transmitted diseases, and human sexuality. Teaching methodology emphasized participation, active learning, group work, and practice teaching sessions. The steps involved in the training process are described—including needs assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of the seminar.