The Nurse Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI) is a special initiative to address the critical shortage of health care workers in sub-Saharan Africa by strengthening the quality and capacity of nurses and midwives.

Since 2011, NEPI has worked to prepare the next generation of nurses and midwives to lead, change, and shape the future of health care in Africa. Launched in support of PEPFAR’s goal to train at least 140,000 new health care workers, NEPI leverages collaborative academic-practice partnerships and innovative clinical learning strategies to increase and retain the number of highly skilled nurses and midwives in Lesotho, Malawi, Zambia, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and South Africa.

Funded by HRSA, the five-year initiative is led by ICAP—a leader in delivering transformative health solutions to meet the health needs of individuals, families and communities around the world. ICAP has expertise in building workforce capacity and a portfolio of projects strengthening health systems in the most resource-challenged settings.

Since 2003, ICAP has supported national HIV prevention, care and treatment strategies that enhance nursing capacity at all levels of the health system. NEPI is the flagship program of ICAP’s Global Nurse Capacity Building Program (GNCBP).