ECSACON’s Online ContinuingProfessional Development (CPD) stimulate discussion during the Nursing Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI) Annual Summit from 21-23 January 2015Johannesburg, South Africa.
Nursing Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI) program is the program which is aiming at strengthening clinical skills targeting pre-service nursing programs in six countries in ECSA region including Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa and Zambia. Considering the mission and mandate of ECSACON in strengthening the contribution of frontline health workers nurses and midwives in towards delivery of quality health care services it stands as the regional partner in supporting the work of NEPI project in the ECSA region.
The Summit was hosted by ICAP at Columbia University, the 2014 NEPI Summit brought together representatives from the 19 NEPI supported nursing and midwifery schools, the NEPI Advisory Groups including representatives from the Ministries of Health and Ministries of Higher Education, Nursing Councils and Associations, US Government , nursing education leadership from Sub-Saharan Africa , Non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) from the larger regional and international nursing and midwifery community and other donors.
The objectives of the 2014 NEPI Summit wereto;
- Communicate the contributions of NEIPI on the production, quality and relevance of nurses and midwives to address essential population health needs and strengthening and sustaining a strong HIV prevention, care and treatment response.
- Share innovative models and practices for health workforce recruitment , education and retention in low resource settings
- Review models for sustainability and long-term growth of pre-service nursing and midwifery programs and relevant models from the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI)
- Identify ways to increase inter-professional collaboration between PEPFAR-funded education initiatives.
ECSACON represented by the Senior Program officer Alphonce Kalula was granted an opportunity to share college experience in supporting pre-service nursing education towards meeting AIDS- Free Generation goal. In addition to that, the college was able to share experience in mounting online the online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Library which was recently launched and mounted in ECSACON website (www.ecsacon.org) to increase learning accessthrough online platform. It was an opportune time for marketing the library through that forum as recently ICAP has granted permission to ECSACON to host the Option B+ module and ECSACON is certifying the candidates who have gone through that module.
During the opening of the summit a number of presenters had opportunity to stress on key issues to guide the interaction and stimulate discussion. Among the speakers was Wafaa El-Sadr the Director of ICAP who emphasized on the ICAP mission of ensuring the wellness of families and communities by strengthening health systems around the world. Another prominent speaker was Harold Phillips from U.S Department of Health and Human Services who stressed on the importance of maintaining partnerships in reaching AIDS-Free Generation target siting the example of Nursing Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI) and Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI).
The key note address was delivered by John Palen from The U. S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) which is leading implementation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). In his remarks he shared the global AIDS situation before PEPFAR came into being and the milestones attained so far. In his remarks he also shared the new PEPFAR agendas and priorities for achieving and AIDS-Free Generation which emphasize on Impact,Sustainability, Partnership, Efficiency and Human Rights. He went further to provide the contextual meaning of sustainability as far as PEPFAR is concerned as indicated in the quote below;
“Being sustainable means that countries have affordable, quality, locally owned (managed, implemented and funded) HIV/AIDS services and programs.”
ECSACON reiterated its commitment to continue availing support towards sustaining the achievements gained so far and disseminate the innovations demonstrated by NEPI project in bridging the gap between theory and clinical skills to other ECSACON countries.
The East Central and Southern Africa College of Nursing (ECSACON) which is the professional body for nurses and midwives in ECSA region, aggregated nurses and midwives and nurse specialist such as theatre nurses, critical care nurse inTyolo district Malawi for two weeks from 6-17 November 2014 to join other health professionals including Surgeons , Physicians of different specialties such as orthopedic , urologists, cardiologists , Anesthetists and Physiotherapistsin providing medical and surgical services to more than 100 patients. The nurses and midwives played an important role in offering services right from the screening of patients, to theatre, critical care and general care in the wards under the leadership of Mr. Optatus Silanda a critical care nurse specialist from Tanzania.
The camp held in Malawi was the third one following others held in the Kingdoms of Lesotho and Swaziland in 2012 and 2013 respectively where by nurses and midwives played a key role in supporting the camp.
The Director General of ECSA Health Community Professor Yoswa Dambisya and presidents of ECSACON and College of Anesthesiology of East, Central and Southern Africa (CANESCA) and the Immediate past president of the College of Surgeons (COSECSA) was in attendance . During the handing over meeting, The President of ECSACON Mrs. Susan Otieno urged nurses and midwives to embrace team work and collaborative care which has shown to reduce stress and burnout among health workers. She reminded nurses and midwives to provide quality care both in the hospitals and households in the community in order to meet the changing realities of interdependent health demands of the region
She used the opportunity to appeal to the nurses and Midwives in the region to join and actively participate in ECSACON country chapters activities. She further said that by beingECSACON active members, the college would grow from strength to strength in representing nurses and midwives in the region
ECSACON mobilized nurses and midwives from its country chapters including, Swaziland, Malawi, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
Following the elections conducted during the 5th Quadrennial General Meeting held in Harare Zimbabwe from 4-5 September 2014, the following were elected for the ECSACON office for the period of four years from 2014-2018.
|1.||Ms. Susan Otieno||Presidentemail@example.com|
|2.||Mr. Gustav Moyo||Vice Presidentfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|3.||Ms. Dolorence Wakida||Chairperson Faculty of Educationemail@example.com|
|4.||Dr. Cynthia Chaibva||Chairperson Faculty of Researchfirstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com|
|5.||Ms. Marilyn Msibi||Chairperson Faculty of Leadership & Managementfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|6.||Ms. Sarah Siyunda||Chairperson Faculty of Clinical Practiceemail@example.com|
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The East, Central and Southern Africa College of Nursing (ECSACON) held its 5th quadrennial general meeting and the 11th Scientific Conferenceat Harare International Conference Center -Rainbow Towers in Harare, Zimbabwe.The Scientific conference was held from 1st to 3rd September 2014 and followed by the quadrennial meeting from 4th to 5th September 2014. The occasion congregated about 600 nurses and midwives, researchers, clinicians and partners from the region and beyond.
The theme of the conference was “Increasing access to quality nursing and midwifery care: Nurses and Midwives taking the leading role.”
The main objective was to explore and share research findings, best practices (high impact interventions) as well as experiences on how nursing and midwifery will accelerate achievement of MDGs.
Specific objectives of the conference were:
- To share ideas and learn how Nursing and Midwifery fraternity can facilitate acceleration towards achievement of MDGs
- To share experiences on strengthening human resources for health for effective health services delivery through nurses and midwives that form a pool of frontline workers.
- To disseminate best practices and innovative ideas in increasing access to health care delivery.
- To learn about evidence based practices in sexual, reproductive health, maternal and child health services provision through sustainable partnerships.
- To share evidences towards mitigating the impact of alarming communicable and non-communicable diseases as well as risky life-style behaviours.
- To make recommendations on the way forward in transforming nursing and midwifery to adopt innovative strategies in order to accelerate achievement of MDGs and health for all agenda.
As a symbol of nursing profession, the ceremony was furnished by the lamp lighting as a tribute to Florence Nightingale a founder of modern day nursing. This represents the light and enlightment that come with knowledge. This was then followed by an opening prayer.
In attendance was the guest of honor Professor Hope Sadza (a founder and founding vice chancellor of Womens University in Africa). In her eloquent speech, she emphasized on the need for nurses to be educated and remain in the region instead of migrating overseas. The ECSACON President Mrs Maleshone Monethi-seeiso delivered her speech followed by remarks from other dignitaries such as Professor C. Samkange-the President of ECSA College of Health Sciences, Professor Yoswa M. Dambisya, the Director General of ECSA Health Community and Leslie Mancuso, Jhpiego President among others.
As part of the event the guest of honor launched the ECSACON website and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) e-library.In her key note speech, ProfessorLeslie Mancuso, Jhpiego President emphasized the importance of nurses and midwives taking lead in increasing access to quality nursing and midwifery care.She encouraged the delegates not relent in their efforts until all the MDGs have been attained.
To mark the event fruitfully, all three days were enriched by plenary and parallel sessions where interactive scientific presentations from different stakeholders delivered. Click here to access All presentations and photos of the event ..
The event could not have been successful without the support of various individuals. We are very grateful to all the stakeholders who supported this event. A few of these includes-Health Community, ECSACON, Government of Zimbabwe through Ministry of Health and Child Care, USAID, WHO, ICAP, Jhpiego, Intrahealth/Evidence to action project (E2A), ARC, ICN, ICM.