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South Africa: Working with the World Health Organisation (WHO) for Nursing and Midwifery Development in Africa
Source: Google Alert
Source Date: Monday, July 08, 2013
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Jul 08, 2013

The re-designation serves to affirm Unisa’s 140 years of shaping futures and looking ahead to where it aims to be a leading global centre of excellence in science and research, teaching and learning, and community engagement.
Moleki says the department was initially designated in 1998 and at that stage the department received a mandate to provide advisory services and expertise on nursing and midwifery matters by actively participating in the development of distance education and research and strengthening the capacity of tertiary institutions on the subject according to the specific needs of countries – a mandate, she says, the department has fulfilled to date.
“As a collaborating centre, the department initiated a number of actions with WHO and other university-based departments in Africa. Some of the achievements include developing regional guidelines for nursing and midwifery distance education and the establishment of the Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery as a platform for African nurse scholars to share knowledge.
“The department, in collaboration with University of Agostinho Neto in Angola, also provided master’s programmes to nurse leaders in Angola to assist the country in developing quality nursing and midwifery programmes. With the financial support of the WK Kellogg Foundation, the department contributed to strengthening the capacity of nurse leaders in the Southern Africa region through doctoral programmes, and we have established the Africa Honour Society for Nursing in collaboration with other universities in the region.
“In addition, the department is also a member of the WHO Global Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Board ,which provides technical advice to the director-general, and through the Master’s Programme in Public Health, the department opened development opportunities for a large number of all categories of health professionals, including medical doctors in Africa, to advance to the level of doctoral studies.”
While Unisa is one of many collaborating centres in South Africa and Africa, Moleki says the university’s collaboration is set apart from other educational institutions because of the uniqueness of its Department of Health Studies whose collaboration efforts are based on its status as a technical expert in the designated areas.
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