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Steven Mumba Success Story

Published on: 16 September, 2019

Steven Mumba is a Clinical Officer - practicing in his native city of Chililabombwe in Zambia. He has completed multiple self-paced free online courses offered on POLHN. Steven Mumba shared his experience regarding the e-learning platform, which we are now pleased to share on the official POLHN blog.


I am a clinician by profession, currently working at the “ART CLINIC” in Kakoso - 1st Level Hospital in Chililabombwe, Zambia. My work life has been interesting as I’ve worked in my home town, where I have also completed my secondary school. There have been challenges such as: working with elder colleagues and some patients being uncomfortable - treated by a younger medical professional. I’m currently interested in providing health education on the” Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases and the Management of NCD’s”.

How Did You Find Out About POLHN?

I found out about the Pacific Open Learning Health Net (POLHN) on May, 2019 while looking for an e-learning resource that could certify me in the management of HIV/AIDS. My impression of POLHN was that it was just like any other e-learning website where you do online courses. However, I was proved wrong as this website is extraordinary. The greatest motivating factor for me for choosing POLHN was that it is in direct collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO).

Which Course(s) have You Completed with POLHN?

I have completed a number of courses on POLHN, which are as follows:

  2. Obesity and Overweight
  3. Family Planning and HIV Service Integration
  4. Training on the Package of Essential NCD Interventions

After completing the above courses, I am currently studying Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV.

What Do You Like Best about Studying on POLHN?

The best thing about studying on POLHN is the simplicity of the e-learning platform which is the most important feature for me. Studying here is both simple and cost-effective. As much as I’ve studied medicine, there are always new things that are there to learn. As they say “learning is on-going till death”, and POLHN has made it possible for me to continue learning at my own pace while also pursuing a full-time medical career.

How do others react when you Share about Free Online POLHN Courses?

When I share about Free Online POLHN Courses to others, they feel good and happy.

What Advice do you have for others?

POLHN is one of the most reliable online site for free health related courses.