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Democratic Republic of the Congo
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, there are only 85 health care workers for every 100,000 citizens. Efforts to build a sustainable health care workforce have been hindered by limited investment in training nurse and midwives, and educational systems that are not aligned with population health needs.
In an effort to improve the quantity and quality of the nursing and midwifery workforce, in 2011, ICAP began partnering with DRC’s Ministry of Health to strengthen nursing and midwifery education at four partner schools in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi provinces.
- Kinshasa Superior Institute of Medical Technology
- Lubumbashi Superior Institute of Medical Technology
- Kintambo Technical Medical Institute
- Kamalondo Institute of Medical Technology
Through NEPI, ICAP and partners are addressing DRC’s challenges to nursing and midwifery education by: improving student access to rural teaching sites; building the capacity of faculty; training graduates in essential skills for HIV care and treatment; developing education modules for secondary and advanced-level nursing; and improving student access to rural teaching sites.
NEPI also supports a Technical Working Group comprised of bilateral donors, the MOH, international nursing and midwifery organizations, and universities and educational institutions.
- Over 12,000 first-year nursing enrolled in nursing and midwifery schools
- Over 13,500 nursing students successfully completed HIV skills labs