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Transforming Nursing and Midwifery Education in sub-Saharan Africa: The PEPFAR NEPI Initiative (2012-2016)

The Nurse Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI) was a special initiative to address the critical shortage of health care workers in sub-Saharan Africa by strengthening the quality and capacity of nurses and midwives.

Starting in 2011, NEPI prepared the next generation of nurses and midwives to lead, change, and shape the future of health care in Africa. Launched in support of PEPFAR’s goal to train at least 140,000 new health care workers, NEPI leveraged collaborative academic-practice partnerships and innovative clinical learning strategies to increase and retain the number of highly skilled nurses and midwives in Lesotho, Malawi, Zambia, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and South Africa.

The five-year initiative was funded by HRSA and led by ICAP—a leader in delivering transformative health solutions to meet the health needs of individuals, families, and communities around the world. ICAP has expertise in building workforce capacity and a portfolio of projects strengthening health systems in the most resource-challenged settings.

Since 2003, ICAP has supported national HIV prevention, care and treatment strategies that enhance nursing capacity at all levels of the health system.