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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Wednesday, 21 March 2018
Lydia Ssenyonga
Celebrating Africa Day

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. 

Publication Date:
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 13:30
Visit from educators from Kamuzu College of Nursing, Malawi

Educational internship as child nursing training moves to the next stage in Malawi

Publication Date:
Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 12:00
"I am glad that I took this step": Debra Mbambo shares on what it takes to be a Marjorie McIntosh Postgraduate Bursary recipient...

We recently caught up with Sr Debra Mbambo about her postgraduate studies in Critical Care Children's nursing and what it means to her to be one of two recipients of the Marjorie McIntosh Postgraduate Bursary in Child Nursing and Midwifery for 2015.

Publication Date:
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 09:45
“I am seeing where I fit into the picture”: Five future doctors receive orientation to the world of paediatric nursing.

The Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative hosts five Medical students for a Short Study Module (SSM) on African healthcare, paediatric nursing in Africa, the work of the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative and principles of Family Centred Care.

Publication Date:
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 14:15