UCT’s African Paediatric Fellowship Programme (APFP) recently featured on a CNN’s Inside Africa show. Established in 2007 and based in UCT’s Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, the APFP was created to transfer specialised skills to healthcare professionals across Africa, particularly those in areas where resources for such training are hard to come by. Through the APFP, practitioners gain fundamental training in focused paediatric areas.
March, 28 - 30 2017 saw the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative, in collaboration with the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital (Western Cape Government) hold the third biennial Building Children's Nursing for Africa conference. This year the theme was "Pillars of Practice'.
Mr Hillary Lubuto, a lecturer at the Lusaka School of Nursing, Zambia, became the most recent member of the team from Lusaka to spend time with the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative in Cape Town through a three week educator internship visit in February.
Ms Lenah Menyatso, Head of the Department of Child Nursing at the Bamalete Lutheran School of Nursing was joined by lecturer Ms Kelebonye Johane, an alumnus of the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative, and Ms Rita Tumotumo from the Ministry of Health in Botswana at UCT for a week of valuable information exchange.
Two paediatric nurses from Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana, spent a month at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital looking at how children with cancer are cared for.
Interview with Belinda Chideme August 18th 2016
Registered paediatric nurse and Named Nurse Safeguarding Children and Young People, St. George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust– Acute Services. London, UK
Visiting clinical lecturer on the Masters in Nursing (Child Nursing) programme.
The pioneering nurses on our the new Masters in Nursing (Child Nursing) are already on their way to becoming Africa's first Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioners.
An article co-authored by Minette Coetzee, Neil H McKerrow, Angela Chimwaza, Natasha North and Stephanie Sieberhagen has been published in the July edition of The Lancet Global Health.
Angela Leonard attended the 3rd Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Conference in the UK in March.
Mrs Sandra Roodt, Head of Nursing at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, retired at the end of May 2016. Mrs Roodt was appointed as Head of Nursing in 2006. At a celebration tea on May 18th, Mrs Roodt was presented with a certificate in recognition for her advocacy and support for children’s nursing training and practice.
CNPDI were delighted to welcome back alumnus and friend Lydia Ssenyonga in April. Lydia tells us about what her time at CNPDI has meant to her, and shares her hopes for the future of children's nursing in Uganda.
Educational internship as child nursing training moves to the next stage in Malawi.