The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) of Lesotho officially launched NEPI in August 2011. With data from a baseline NEPI training assessment conducted by the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Lesotho has calculated the number of nurses/midwives the country needs, has summarized and prioritized interventions to accomplish this target within a five-year period, and is now poised to begin elaborating the detail of the interventions. Lesotho is disproportionately affected by the combination of health care worker shortages, increased maternal mortality, and HIV/AIDS disease burden. Expanding primary health care services to all the country’s rural areas requires professionally trained health care workers to adequately manage the diverse demands for health care from birth to death. It is likely Lesotho will need an additional 2,625 general and midwifery trained professionals to meet the disaggregated nurse/midwife density of 1.73 per 1,000 population by 2015.
Lesotho will implement the NEPI at all six nursing schools in the country. This includes the National University of Lesotho, National Health Training College, Maluti School of Nursing, Paray School of Nursing, Roma School of Nursing, and Scott School of Nursing.
The NEPI interventions to be implemented at the schools will concentrate on nursing and midwifery education and training, capacity building of nursing departments, and clinical instruction preceptorship and mentorship.
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