Ireen Muleya was born in Livingstone, in the southern part of Zambia. She worked as a professional nurse for 24 years at the University Teaching Hospital in various departments of the hospital including the Labour Ward, Medical wards, Paediatric ICU, and the General Adult ICU. Since 2017, she has been working as the matron in charge of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University Teaching Hospital in Zambia. Ireen has five years of experience in child nursing and completed her Postgraduate diploma in Child Critical Care (2011) at UCT and graduated with a BSc in Nursing in 2015 from the University of Zambia.
Ireen is passionate about neonates and with her innovative approach to practice, she introduced the use of bubble CPAP in NICU in 2012, which continues to save lives.
Akua Dwomoh Boateng was born in Kumasi, Ghana. She started her nursing career in 2003 as a Registered General Nurse, after completing training at the Kumasi Nursing and Midwifery Training College and a one-year Internship at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Ghana. In 2007, she pursued an additional one-year Diploma in Nursing at the University of Ghana. In 2011, she graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Child Critical Care Child Nursing from UCT. She returned to the neonatal unit of the Directorate of Child Health and in 2015 was among the pioneer staff of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Ghana.
Akua approaches her work with a sense of responsibility and is passionate about applying evidenced-based nursing to achieve best results in patient outcomes. She believes in team work and encourages her colleagues to work together by building good relationships. In line with her desire for greater knowledge and skills she is currently studying for a Master of Nursing in Child Nursing at UCT.
Jabulani Kgasapane is a registered paediatric nurse with 8 years’ experience in child nursing across both the public and private sector. He was born in Johannesburg, Gauteng. He completed his general nursing at Ann Latsky Nursing College in 2009. In 2012 he graduated with a diploma in postbasic child nursing science from Rahima Moosa Nursing College. Jabulani has experience in paediatric wards, neonatal ICU’s and paediatric ICU’s and most recently worked in the paediatric ICU at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.
Jabulani is passionate about paediatric nursing and dreams of ensuring that nurses get a bigger view of paediatric nursing and strive toward better paediatric outcomes undergirded by practice guided by excellent research.
Winnie Wanjiru L Njuguna is a registered paediatric nurse with 9 years’ experience in children’s nursing. Winnie has worked at the Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital Emergency Department since 2009. She became a Kenya Registered Nurse in 2008, and then completed her postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Nursing at Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital Professional Training Centre in Nairobi in 2012. In 2016, she obtained an International Paediatric Post Graduate Nurse Certificate from the University of Sydney, Australia.
Winnie is passionate about early recognition and prompt treatment of the seriously ill child. She is a certified trainer for a number of emergency care courses like Newborn Life Support, ETAT+, EPALs and PILS. Winnie seeks to acquire an in-depth paediatric nursing knowledge, clinical research and leadership. She yearns to become an agent of change and use the new knowledge to mentor and coach her colleagues back at home as well improve patient care outcomes for children and families.
Elijeshca C. Crous is a Professional Paediatric Nurse, from Cape Town, who graduated her B.Cur from UWC in 2012 (Suma Cum Laude), and her Postgraduate Diploma in Children’s Nursing, from UCT, in 2016 (distinction).
Elijeshca believes in the importance of excellence, ethical and value driven care and carers. She enjoys providing accessible information to families and carers because excellence starts with understanding the importance of linking anatomy and physiology to care and the child’s development. She strives to create an emotionally and physically safe environment for carers and families who are engaged in the health cae provision of their child. Elijeshca’s clinical experience is almost exclusively Tuberculosis (TB) centred (2013-2017). Her presentation at the 2017 Building Children’s Nursing for Africa Conference in Cape Town focussed on the facilitation of long term, hospital based, care to children living with TB. She also enjoyed some exposure to the private health sector during 2017-2018.
Elijeshca enjoys learning, spending time with her family and appreciating the beauty of life and its people. In 2018 she has simultaneously embarked on a Master’s degree specialising in Children’s Nursing and as a Clinical (Child) Nurse Specialist at Tygerberg (Tertiary level care) Hospital, in Cape Town.