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In Ethiopia, efforts to build a sustainable health care workforce were stalled by limited numbers of qualified educators, under-resourced schools and training institutions, and curricula that were not aligned with educational needs.

ICAP set out to improve the quantity and quality of the nursing and midwifery workforce. In 2011, ICAP began collaborating with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) to strengthen nursing and midwifery education at three institutions:

• University of Gondar Nursing School
• Addis Ababa University School of Nursing
• Arba Minch College of Health Sciences

ICAP and partners improved the quantity and quality of nursing and midwifery education by facilitating assessment of over 25 health facilities; revising curricula for five undergraduate and graduate programs; building the capacity of faculty through trainings and; improving access to rural teaching sites.

NEPI also supported the NEPI/MEPI collaborative steering committee of bilateral donors and educational institutions.

Key Achievements:

• Over 2,300 students graduated from nursing and midwifery schools
• Over 15,000 students completed skills labs