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
Setting Research Priorities for a Healthier Africa: Nursing and Midwifery Clinical Research in Southern and Eastern Africa.

Associate Professor Minette Coetzee visits Nairobi, Kenya, to attend a midwifery and nursing, leadership summit  for setting clinical research priorities to improve health care provision in Africa.

Publication Date:
Friday, August 21, 2015 - 11:15
Establishing and supporting locally-based, paediatric nurse training programmes in Uganda.

Associate Professor Minette Coetzee visits with nurse leaders in Kampala, Uganda, to further explore with them the region’s support needs for postgraduate paediatric nurse training.

Publication Date:
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 14:15
A time of refinement and evaluation for the new Masters in Children's Nursing Programme

Professor Jean Johnson, the founding Dean of the School of Nursing at the George Washington University (GWU), visits with the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative to begin assisting in what is to be an extensive refinement and evaluation process for the new Professional Masters in Child Nursing Programme.

Publication Date:
Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 14:15
2014 postgraduate students final results
Final results out for 2014 Child and Critical Care Child nursing students!

There was much celebration and happy relief among the postgraduate child and critical care child nursing students last week with the release of their final (preliminary) results.

Publication Date:
Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 15:00