What we do
What we do?
ECSACON is anchored in the Human Resource for Health and Capacity Building program of the East Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA HC), plays a consultative role on Nursing and Midwifery to the existing regional structure. It forms a platform for sharing and discussing the best practices and lessons learnt in the ECSA region through technical working groups as well as scientific conference which is conducted biannually.
In addition to sharing best practices through meetings; ECSACON produces an ECSACON newsletter biannually as well African Journal of Midwifery and Women’s health on quarterly basis in collaboration with the British journal of Midwifery. All these platforms play a significant role in moving forward Nursing and Midwifery agenda in the region.
Moreover, ECSACON has a vast experience in nursing and midwifery workforce development in the region in different ways. Among the initiatives undertaken by ECSACON to meet that goal is development of professional Regulatory framework (PRF) which was published in 2002 with financial support from USAID.
The PRF which was produced by ECSACON in consultations with Nursing and Midwifery stakeholders from member states, served a significant role in pre-service nursing and midwifery trainings as it gives directives for the custodians of Nursing and Midwifery curricula as well as stakeholders in developing and reviewing their respective curricula to suit their local needs in line with the regional minimum standards.
- Facilitate standards development in nursing and midwife-ry education and practice
- Strengthen the regulatory framework, including standards and protocols in nursing and midwifery education, practice, research and management.
- Develop relevant and appropriate teaching/learning materials;
- Formulate policies and rules for effective functioning of ECSACON;
- Strengthen skills of nursing and midwifery educators, practitioners, and researchers.
- Provide leadership for the development of leadership and management skills for nurses and midwives.
- Encourage research that will promote evidence based practice and decision making in responding to changing health needs within the region;
- Promote reciprocity for licensure and practice and maximize utilization of scarce resources;
- Facilitate collaboration between national, regional, inter-national and interdisciplinary institutions as well as between and among member states for the benefit of health and well-being of people in the ECSA region;
- Promote and maintain excellence in nursing education, practices, research and leadership and management for improvement of health in the ECSA region;
- Facilitate meaningful utilization of scarce resources with-in ECSA through collaboration and networking;
- Promote advocacy for supportive policies for nursing and midwifery practice as well as for clients;
- Provide platform for sharing of best practices, experiences and lessons learnt within the ECSA region and be-yond;
The Mission of ECSACON is to improve quality of health of the communities in the ECSA region through strengthening of the contribution of the frontline workers (nurses and midwives) towards delivery of quality health care services.
ECSACON is therefore committed to promoting and strengthening professional excellence through the development of programmes that will strengthen nursing and midwifery education, practice, management, leadership and research for the improvement and delivery of quality health care to communities in the ECSA Region. ECSACON is further committed to regional collaboration, cooperation and networking with member states and other organizations with similar interests, and to advocate for enabling policies.
Current activities and achievements
Currently ECSACON is working through the regional structure as well as country chapters to meet its goal and objectives.
ECSACON has been conducting many projects in line with the strategic plan some of them are; leadership for change in collaboration with ICN; running Training of Trainers (ToT) on HIV/AIDS; development of prototype infection prevention and control (IPC) policies and guidelines; developing a prototype curriculum for Family planning.
Currently ECSACON is collaborating with Commonwealth Secretariat, London, Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Emory University to implement the African Health Profession Regulatory Collaborative for Nurses and Midwives project which is supporting five country teams on continuous professional development as well as reviewing nursing legislations (insert the names of the countries here}.
Additionally ECSACON in collaboration with Regional Center for Quality in Health Care (RCQHC) in Uganda is implementing Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) activities including pre-service curricula assessment on HBB content as well as conducting HBB trainings for Nurse tutors and preceptors in selected countries in the region.
ECSACON also conducted the task shifting case studies for Uganda and Swaziland specifically highlighting tasks done by health workers and community workers as far as HIV/AIDS care is concerned and the findings reveal that countries are ready to review the policies regarding scopes of work for various cadres of health workforce. Therefore, ECSACON is looking forward in producing guidelines which could guide implementation of this in line with reviewing the Professional Regulatory Framework to take on board the task shifting among health professions.
ECSACON is also currently implementing a five year project on enhancing midwifery capacity to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in the ECSA region by scaling up midwifery educators training. The project commenced in March 2011 with the objective of providing a cross national education programme for nurses and midwives and increase the number of midwifery tutors and advanced practitioners to improve midwifery practice
ECSACON is providing the universities implementing this project with technical support to adapt the core curriculum developed by stakeholders in the region and thereafter enable the institutions to start offering the masters in midwifery and women’s health program.
The college is looking forward to making maximum use of lessons learnt through the existing projects and programmes to advance nursing/midwifery practice, research, education as well as leadership and management structures.
ECSACON being an implementing arm for ECSAHC on issues surrounding Nursing and Midwifery has established partnership with local/regional organizations with whom they collaborate with on issues relating to the profession. It makes use of existing structures to share recommendations and resolutions to the Health Ministers Conference and for ratification towards making the regional policies governing these professions.
ECSACON utilizes the existing network of its membership in the region (in- country teams) which comprises of Chief Nursing officers, Nursing and Midwifery councils, National Nurses and Midwives association as well as individual Nurses and midwives in the 15 member states.
ECSACON has the vast experience in conducting trainings in collaboration with partners and stakeholders. It conducts trainings at international level in preparing Training of Trainers who ultimately are empowered to run in-country trainings for different aspects in the areas of research, clinical updates, education as well as leadership and management.