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Zambian nurses complete country’s first ever paediatrics course

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Nurses in Zambia have completed a pioneering paediatric course available to them for the first time through a partnership with UK nursing academics.

The success of the breakthrough paediatric nursing course has now paved the way for a potential neonatal course for nurses in the African country.

The paediatric nursing course was developed at the Lusaka School of Nursing with support from the University of Brighton’s school of health sciences, as Nursing Times first reported in 2013.

It was funded primarily by the Tropical Health Education Trust and the Brighton-Lusaka Health Link charity.

Brighton senior lecturer Jill Durrant will be taking 31 certificates to the successful nursing students in Zambia later this month.

The awards will be presented to acknowledge the students completion of the first paediatric nursing course in Zambia and their gaining of advanced diplomas from the Lusaka School of Nursing.

University of Brighton

Jill Durrant with some of the certificates she will be taking to Zambia

Ms Durrant also collected an award from the university herself for “excellence in community engagement” for her year-long work in helping to develop the course.

During the year Brighton University tutors communicated with their Zambia colleagues at the Lusaka Nursing School via email, telephone and Skype.

Sussex philanthropists Michael and Maureen Chowen also helped sponsor the course and they will be attending the awards ceremony to present trophies to students who excelled.

In addition, the Brighton and Sussex Universities Hospitals NHS Trust contributed to the course and awards.

The University of Brighton said it was now investigating the development of what would be the first neonatal nursing course in Zambia.

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