The Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative is 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 academic and clinical settings to strengthen the practice of children's nursing across Sub-Saharan Africa.

In 2006, CNPDI commenced with a task to re-establish children’s nursing training at the University of Cape Town (UCT).  This brief has been fulfilled and CNPDI’s scope of activity has broadened to a point where we are now a leading partner building the children’s nursing workforce in Africa.

We are Building Children’s Nursing for Africa in Africa by:

  1. Educating Children's Nurses @UCT
  2. Education Practice Development
  3. Clinical Practice Development
  4. Building the Evidence for Education, Practice and Policy


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Friday, 15 November 2019
Virginia Ngugi MNCN Graduate
Virginia Ngugi: MNCN Class of 2017 Graduate

Virginia believes that having effective competency in communication, research, leadership, and education is key to leading practice change as an Advanced Practice Nurse. Through the MNCN course, Virginia is certain that she is well-equipped to take on any new role and to develop strategies to teach and train others. She also plans on using research and evidence to help improve the policy and clinical practice on the ground in her healthcare setting.

Publication Date:
Thu, 20 Dec 2018 - 15:00
Candice Bonaconsa Madagascar 2018
Third Consecutive Madagascar Outreach Programme 2018

For the third consecutive year, Candice Bonaconsa and her husband – in connection with Common Ground Church – led a team of seven volunteers with varied healthcare and educational backgrounds to Madagascar for a short-term outreach programme.

This year, the focus was on three areas, namely a therapeutic program, manufacturing devices for children with disabilities, and a two-day CPD workshop for Nurse Anaesthetists:

Publication Date:
Mon, 26 Nov 2018 - 15:00
THET Conference
THET Conference 2018

Natasha North represented CNPDI at the Tropical Health Education Trust (THET) Conference in London last month. She presented an abstract entitled “Building the children’s nursing workforce for Africa, in Africa: sustaining and growing capacity through education, research and system strengthening”.

Publication Date:
Mon, 05 Nov 2018 - 17:45
Windhoek Namibia Visit September 2018
Congenital Cardiac Surgical Outreach at Windhoek Central Hospital, Namibia

Johnathan Muller-Stuurman was invited by the Namibian Ministry of Health on behalf of Dr Fenny Shidikha (an ex APFP Paediatric Cardiology Fellow from Namibia) to provide support to the Nursing staff in the (Adult) Cardiac Critical Care Unit.

Publication Date:
Mon, 05 Nov 2018 - 12:30