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Nursing lecturers to train nurses in Malawi


Nurses in Malawi are to be trained by staff from the University of East Anglia’s School of Nursing Sciences.

The life-saving health care training will span disciplines including trauma care, mental health, anaesthesia and maternal and child health.

The training will be delivered as part of a scheme announced by International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell, which will see skilled healthcare professionals from across the UK train their counterparts in developing countries.

The nurses will be taught through practical “on the job” training in addition to one-to-one mentoring and they will be aided by guidelines and protocols to ensure clinics are run more effectively.

Julia Hubbard, from UEA’s school of nursing sciences, said: “Our lecturers will support nursing schools in Malawi to develop a programme which will increase the numbers of newly qualified nurses, and improve their capability.

“We hope that this boost will have a major impact on maternal and child health - especially in rural areas.”


Readers' comments (4)

  • Who will be funding this? Strange how there isn'i enough in the kitty to have the required patient ration that Mr Cameron insists is needed to deliver proper care to OUR elderly people! Charity begins at home-let's get our own house (and care) inorder; More staff, more training in palliative, end of life care and more fascilities

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  • Shane they don't have more 'on the job training' in British hospitals as it was many peoples' impression that the standard of care was higher when there were Schools of Nursing attached to hospitals - not universities.

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  • I suppose it depends if one considers this only a gain for the developing countries. The opportunity to learn from the developing world is enriching, most of the nurses that I have met who have gone out have identified that they have learned equally and withough doubt has enhanced their delivery of care. It will always be trying to achieve a balance, that of investing in our own without missing out the opportunities to engage with the rest of the world.

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  • Yes, I have been to Malawi, ostensibly to teach nurses, but learned much more than I taught. That was after nurse tutors from Malawi came here and enriched us and our student nurses with their generous contibutions to our understanding of their joyful approach to care. Materially, we have so much more to work with, but I do think we lost a few important things along our way- it was helpful to have them come and share some of this. They have little, but there seems to be less reluctance generally there to share what they have... to enhance our care here.

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