Around the world nurses are often the front line of the formal medical system, providing care to underserved areas and filling in where and when doctors are in short supply. Yet it has been estimated that sub-Saharan Africa needs 600,000 additional nurses just to meet the Millennium Development Goals.
The Nursing Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI)—the US Government’s unified program to address the underproduction of nursing professionals in developing countries—convened its partners for the first time in a meeting in June in Washington, DC. NEPI’s goal is to assist in the nursing component of the US Government’s commitment to training 140,000 additional health workers in developing countries by 2015.
NEPI is led by PEPFAR with government partners USAID and the Department of Health and Human Services. Other partners include CapacityPlus led by IntraHealth International, Columbia University, the World Health Organization, and the Clinton Health Access Initiative.
CapacityPlus’s Role in NEPI
Over the next two to three years:
This costing will consist of the per graduate cost of training additional nurses and physicians as well as estimated costs of common scaling up projects, such as the average cost of building classrooms or setting up eLearning facilities.
For example, how aligned are curricula with local needs, what percentage of schools recruit students from the community, and what percentage of schools take advantage of community-based training? We also anticipate facilitating the establishment of an African Nursing School Association to help schools learn from each other and share innovations.
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