The 3-day workshop on project management for Nepal Stroke Project partners has enormously helped the project members – German partners, central team, and regional hospital team, to develop a vision, establish a concrete plan with a timeline, form realistic goals, and formulate the means to achieve the desired goals. 

Ms. Karola Block led the workshop sessions with relevant examples and active group activities. 

On the first day, we judged our hospitals based on the current scenario and progress, which helped to prioritize the fields requiring additional focus. One crucial point common among all hospitals was collecting the data but needing to improve data analysis and management. We also made a rough draft of the steps required to make comprehensive stroke care centers, ranging from awareness, training, capacity building, equipment, and adherence to the protocol. 

On the second day, each partner of the Nepal Stroke Project made a list of their roles and responsibilities and what they would want more from the other partners. This helped us all to be on the same page regarding the needs of each partner and helped us brainstorm on future activities that would help improve the partnership. After that, each partner made a concise yet structured plan of their activities for 2024. This helped every partner come to terms and find a means to aid each other further in the activities. We had another group activity, which helped us understand the importance of indicators and the current status of each hospital on the regular use of monitoring and indicators. We realized how the RES-Q registry has been helping in the monitoring and indicators. Thus, it would be an understatement to say that starting and continuing the RES-Q registry in each hospital will help us in myriad ways.

The final day saw us focusing on communication and what could be done to improve communication between all three groups of partners. Following that, we made a detailed plan for public awareness and advocacy. The paramount importance of a ‘steering group’ consisting of active representatives was realized and has been formed. We also saw the unequivocal need for the involvement of representatives from WHO, EDCD, NCD, WSO, GIZ, municipal bodies, and local representatives in the steering group as an extended steering group. 

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