Following our earlier trips to Uganda this year, Nisha and I are back at Kitovu, this time to teach some behavioural science within the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ Masters training programme (training the trainers). We have been really grateful for how open both our Ugandan and UK colleagues have been to learning about behaviour change and seeing how they can apply it to their work. We have given presentations, honed our acting skills to role-play behaviour change techniques, facilitated workshops and provided ongoing feedback and mentoring on teaching skills – all in all definitely earning our daily portion of matoke. The teaching around motivation was particularly well received, to the point where autonomous motivation is the new buzz word around town. It has cropped up as frequently as medical skills in the key points delegates report getting out of the training, in conversations over lunch, and somewhat surprisingly also in morning prayers. For us, it’s been really energising to see the impact that the theories and ideas we are so familiar with have had on health professionals coming across them for the first time, and the appetite there seems to be in both the UK and Ugandan teams to include these ideas in future courses they run. So, we feel we’ve done our best to show how indispensable health psychologist are in Uganda and beyond!
Change Exchange Behaviour Change Consultant