By. Prof. Mzobz Mboya
Midrand, 5/10/2011 - On the 22nd of July 2011 the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD Agency)’s Education and Training Sector hosted a delegation from the Republic of Congo. The main objective of the mission was to learn more on the success and the challenges encountered by the various institutions in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) with regard to the implementation of the NEPAD Nursing and Midwifery Education Project in Africa.
The delegation, led by Mr. Appollinaire Itoua, the Director General in-charge of NEPAD in the office of the Minister of Economics, was on a 3 country (South Africa, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)) study visit regarding the implementation of the NEPAD nursing and midwifery project.
The Republic of Congo is one of three countries selected in the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to participate in the implementation of the Nursing and Midwifery Education Project in Africa.
During the meeting a presentation was made on the overview of the project in all the countries (DRC, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda and Tanzania) with particular focus on the progress so far.
During their visit to South Africa, the delegation visited the University of the Witwatersrand where they were provided with relevant information on similar projects that were implemented in other countries. From South Africa the delegation travelled to Lubumbashi, DRC to meet with staff of the Institute for Higher Technical Education, thereafter to Kigali, Rwanda to meet with the staff of the Kigali Health Institute.
The success of the Project on Nursing and Midwifery Education in Africa is based on a commitment of Africa’s Educational Institutions in meeting the needs of countries with inadequate facilities of their own. This project is a realization of a mutual partnership between the NEPAD Agency and the Government of the People’s Republic of China.
About the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency: The NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD Agency) as the technical body of the African Union, works closely with the African Union Commission (AUC), regional economic communities, national governments, civil society and the private sector to push for programmes and projects that focus on improving the lives of the African people. The NEPAD Agency is the leading African development expert, able to mobilise the private sector, heads of state and African people as a force for positive change, building continental prosperity and regional integration. The major aim of this project is to facilitate and coordinate the establishment of essential health care services in the rural communities, among the poor and the most vulnerable.