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In Ethiopia, there are only 31 health care workers for every 100,000 citizens. Efforts to build a sustainable health care workforce are hindered by limited numbers of qualified educators, under-resourced schools and training institutions, and curricula that is not aligned with educational needs.
In an effort to improve the quantity and quality of the nursing and midwifery workforce, in 2011, ICAP began partnering with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health to strengthen nursing and midwifery education at three institutions:
- University of Gondar Nursing School
- Addis Ababa University School of Nursing
- Arba Minch College of Health Sciences
Through NEPI, ICAP and partners are improving quantity and quality of nursing and midwifery education by: facilitating assessment of over 25 health facilities; revising curricula for five undergraduate and graduate programs; building the capacity of faculty through trainings and; improving access to rural teaching sites.
NEPI also supports the NEPI/MEPI collaborative steering committee comprised of bilateral donors, and universities and educational institutions.
- Over 2,300 students graduated from nursing and midwifery schools
- Over 15,000 students completed skills labs