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.