Child nurses in the region
Children in African countries make up approximately 30 - 40% of the population. Yet even though African nations have a higher child population than European countries, very few nurses are specialist child nurses.
Number of nurses trained since 2008
Number of nurses trained
Since the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative began in 2008, a total of 228 registered nurses have graduated from our Post Graduate Diplomas in Child and Critical Care Child Nursing - 169 from South Africa and 59 from other countries in Sub-...
Pillars of Practice - Building Children's Nursing for Africa conference 2017
Highlights of the 3rd Building Children's Nursing for Africa conference now uploaded
Child mortality & specialist care
Specialist child nurses increase child survival
Reducing deaths and illness among infants and children is a global priority. Most childen die of easily recognisable and treatable conditions. Receiving care from a specialist child nurses makes a big difference to child survival.

Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative: Who are we and what do we do?  

We are a nurse-led academic Initiative in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at The University of Cape Town, situated at Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. We work with interdisciplinary colleagues from both the academic and clinical setting  to strengthen the practice of children's nursing across Sub-Saharan Africa.
We have three goals: 

          1. To building children's nursing for Africa, in Africa
          2. To build the knowledge base for children's nurses in Africa
          3. To build strong and sustainable teams and strengthen capacity

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018
'Pillars of Practice' - the third biennial Building Children's Nursing for Africa Conference

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'. 

Publication Date:
Monday, April 10, 2017 - 14:00
Building children’s nursing in Botswana

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.

Publication Date:
Monday, March 20, 2017 - 12:30
Letitia Amengor (far right) and Faustina Amoako (left) with current Post Graduate Diploma in Child Critical Care Nursing student Lydia Owusa Ansah from Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Ghana (centre). 
Building on Relationships in Ghana and improving children’s cancer care  

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.

Publication Date:
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 10:30
Belinda Chideme
An interview with Belinda Chideme

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.

Publication Date:
Monday, September 5, 2016 - 18:00