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In Zambia, there are only 83 health care workers for every 100,000 citizens. Efforts to build a sustainable health care workforce are hindered by insufficient number of clinical instructors and under-resourced teaching and learning facilities.
To improve the quantity and quality of the nursing and midwifery workforce, in 2011, ICAP began partnering with Zambia’s Ministry of Health to strengthen nursing and midwifery education at three partner institutions:
- Department of Nursing Science at University of Zambia
- Lusaka School of Nursing
- Monze School of Nursing
Through NEPI, ICAP and partners are working to improve Zambia’s nursing and midwifery education by: reducing time required to attain nursing and midwifery degrees; providing student tuition for all degree levels; training faculty in student evaluation methods; outfitting skills labs with supplies and medical equipment and; increasing student access to rural teaching facilities.
NEPI also supports a Technical Working group comprised of bilateral donors, the MOH, international nursing and midwifery organizations, and universities and educational institutions.
- Over 980 students graduating nursing and midwifery schools
- Over 1,200 nursing and midwifery students completing skills labs