Nursing

Nurses and midwives are on the frontline of health services in Africa. Ensuring that they are provided with the necessary competencies to work and function properly is key in reducing the alarmingly high maternal and mortality rates in Africa.

The goal of the NEPAD Project on Nursing and Midwifery Education in Africa is to strengthen health systems by improving nurses’ competence and skills to deliver high quality primary health care services. In addition, this intervention also focuses on reducing the burden of diseases as well as improving health equity through the establishment of collaboration among sub-regional centres for nursing and midwifery higher education development. 

Phase 1 of the programme has been implemented in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda and Tanzania. Tailor-made curricula were followed to suit each countries’ specific needs. Lessons learned from the first phase will be used to build on the programme, which will be extended to other...

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Thirty-six countries in sub-Saharan Africa have severe shortages of health workers. At least 2.3 trained health care providers are needed per 1,000 people to reach 80 percent of the population with skilled care at birth and child immunisation coverage.

The goal of the NEPAD Project on Nursing and Midwifery Education in Africa is to strengthen health systems by improving nurses’ competence and skills to deliver high quality primary health care services. In addition, this intervention also focuses on reducing the burden of diseases as well as improving health equity through the establishment of collaboration among sub-regional centres for nursing and midwifery higher education development. 

Phase 1 of the programme has been implemented in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda and Tanzania. Tailor-made curricula were followed to suit each countries’ specific needs. Lessons learned from the first phase will be used to build on the programme, which will be extended to other African countries. Phase 2 of the programme will be implemented in the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) in three countries, namely, Cameroon, Gabon and the Republic of Congo.

The University of KwaZulu Natal, University of Witwatersrand, Free State University, University of Pretoria, North-west University and University of Botswana are part of the consortium of southern African universities that assisted the five countries in Phase 1 to establish advanced training programmes in community health nursing, maternal and child health, psychiatric/mental health nursing and critical care and trauma nursing. For Phase 2, the University of KwaZulu Natal, the University of the Western Cape and Stellenbosch University will be assisting the host countries and institutions with the implementation of the programme.

Results:

In total, 59 students graduated with their Master’s degree in Phase 1, up until May 2015.  The graduates are from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda and Tanzania.

NEPAD Project on Nursing and Midwifery Education in Africa (Phase 1)
The graduates were trained in the following areas:

  • Democratic Republic of Congo: Maternal and Child Health
  • Kenya: Maternal, Child Health and Community Health
  • Mozambique: Critical Care and Trauma and Maternal and Child Health
  • Rwanda: Critical Care and Trauma
  • Tanzania: Critical Care, Trauma and Mental Health

Evaluation of Phase 1
The Evaluation of the Project on Nursing and Midwifery Education in Africa, Phase 1 has been completed by the University of South Africa (UNISA).

Phase 2 of the NEPAD Project on Nursing and Midwifery Education in Africa:

Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), Cameroon, Gabon and the Republic of Congo have been identified in partnership with ECCAS to participate in the second phase of the project which will commence in 2016. A total of 20 students per country will be included in the Project.

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Email: AndrietteF@nepad.org

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