Nursing Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI) in Malawi

The ICAP Nurse Capacity Initiative (INCI) began NEPI in Malawi in 2010 and has established robust and mutually trustworthy working relationships with the Ministry of Health, public nursing education institutions, and other stakeholders. A baseline training assessment of Malawi conducted by Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) demonstrates that the country is disproportionately affected by the combination of health care worker shortages, increased mortality rate, and HIV/AIDS disease burden. Malawi currently has 33% of the health care workers necessary to effectively deliver health care services to the population, with a 65% vacancy rate for nursing and midwifery positions in the public sector. Malawi needs an additional 50 to 100 educators and 227 clinical nurse instructors to increase the number of students to 2,278 by 2015 in order to improve the quality and responsiveness of the nation’s nursing and midwifery clinical and classroom education and supervision.

NEPI resources will be deployed across the 16 colleges of the Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM), the three major government training institutions: Kamuzu College of Nursing, Malawi College of Health Sciences, Mzuzu University, and the clinical training sites at the different delivery sites for primary health care.

NEPI interventions include the development of Masters degrees in Nursing Education, distance learning programs, and competency-based clinical skills laboratories, are being implemented at the Kamuzu College of Nursing, the Malawi College of Health Sciences/Blantyre, Mzuzu University, and the Nursing Council of Malawi.

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