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, 22 May 2018
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
Mr Mmusetsi Mokwatsi
Pioneering for the Northern Cape

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.

Publication Date:
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 09:15
Read about the work of the programme in The Lancet Global Health

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.

Publication Date:
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 11:30
Thank you Mrs Roodt
Mrs Sandra Roodt retires

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. 

Publication Date:
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 11:30