In the early 1960’s, Malawi’s National School of Nursing operated a model teaching ward at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital where nursing students developed critical clinical skills by working directly with patients supported by trained clinical supervisors. But with decreased investment in nursing education and a diminishing healthcare workforce, the model ward faded from use in the 1970s. In 2011, ICAP began working with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Mzuzu University to reintroduce the model ward as a cornerstone of nursing education in Malawi.
ICAP has received an award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through PEPFAR to continue to support the development and expansion of HIV care and treatment services in South Sudan.
ICAP has been awarded funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through PEPFAR to provide technical assistance to expand and improve HIV services for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) in Cameroon.
ICAP to Continue Supporting the Scale-up of HIV Care and Treatment, Strengthen Health Systems and Advance Research in Swaziland
Through three new five-year awards from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through PEPFAR, ICAP will continue its partnership with Swaziland’s Ministry of Health (MOH) and provide technical assistance (TA) and capacity building support to expand HIV and tuberculosis (TB) prevention, care and treatment, strengthen health systems and research capacity for programmatic impact, and support a sustainable, government-led response.
In Malawi, there are limited opportunities for nurses and midwives, and many leave the country in pursuit of different positions or quit the field altogether. It’s a trend which contributes, in part, to the high vacancy rate in the profession. Yet in Malawi, where nurses provide nearly 90 percent of patient care, retaining nurses is not only important to meet the population’s health needs, but essential to the scale up and maintenance of ambitious HIV prevention, care and treatment programs.
When Ms. Ada Takele began working as laboratory head at Boneya Health Center in Ethiopia’s Oromia Region, the lab had no microscope, and laboratory supplies were limited. This was not an isolated situation six years ago. Many health centers, hospitals and regional reference laboratories lacked adequate equipment and supplies, and there were no standardized national training programs for laboratory professionals, consequently limiting confidence in laboratory results. Since then, Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health and ICAP have worked together to make significant progress in confronting malaria, the country’s leading communicable disease.