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In Lesotho, there are only 67 health care workers for every 100,000 citizens. Efforts to build a sustainable workforce are hindered by critical shortages in nurses and midwives, limited numbers of tutors and clinical instructors, and under-resourced teaching and learning facilities.
In an effort to improve the quantity and quality of the nursing and midwifery workforce, in 2011, ICAP began partnering with Lesotho’s Ministry of Health to strengthen nursing and midwifery education at six partner schools:
- National Health Training College
- National University of Lesotho
- Maluti Adventist College
- Paray School of Nursing
- Roma School of Nursing
- Scott School of Nursing
Through NEPI, ICAP and partners are working to improve Lesotho’s nursing and midwifery education by: implementing a new one-year midwifery degree; installing clinical simulation laboratories at each institution; introducing online training in Option B+ for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV; developing competency-based curriculum and; training faculty in advanced teaching methods.
NEPI also supports a Technical Working Group comprised of bilateral donors, the MOH, international nursing and midwifery organizations, and universities and educational institutions.
- Over 1,160 students graduated from nursing and midwifery schools
- Over 3,450 nursing students completed skills labs