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In Lesotho, efforts to build a sustainable workforce were stalled by critical shortages of nurses and midwives, limited numbers of tutors and clinical instructors, and under-resourced teaching and learning facilities.

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

• National Health Training College
• National University of Lesotho
• Maluti Adventist College
• Paray School of Nursing
• Roma School of Nursing
• Scott School of Nursing

ICAP and partners improved Lesotho’s nursing and midwifery education by: implementing a new one-year midwifery degree; installing clinical simulation laboratories at each institution; introducing online training in Option B+ for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV; developing competency-based curriculum and; training faculty in advanced teaching methods.

NEPI also supported a Technical Working Group comprised of bilateral donors, the MOH, international nursing and midwifery organizations, and educational institutions.

Key Achievements:

• Over 1,160 students graduated from nursing and midwifery schools
• Over 3,450 nursing students completed skills labs