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The Child Nursing Practice Development Initiative (CNPDI) is a nurse-led academic unit in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Cape Town, situated at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. Established in 2008, their initial brief was to re-establish children’s nursing training at the University of Cape Town (UCT). In the ten years since then, this brief has been fulfilled and their scope of activity has broadened to a point where they are now a leading partner in building the children’s nursing workforce in Africa.

The CNPDI builds Children’s Nursing for Africa in Africa by:

  • Training children’s nurses to work to best effect in Africa’s health systems through three specialist education programmes at UCT
  • Working with educators who train children’s nurses
  • Working with nurses and teams to work to best effect in Africa’s health systems
  • Building the evidence base for working to best effect in Africa’s health systems

Since 2008 the team have trained 122 Critical Care Child Nurses from across Africa. With a 94% graduation rate, all alumni have returned to practice in their home countries, with many going on to lead important developments in local/national paediatric health services.

The team has helped set-up a second training site in Kenya which is led by course graduates and is fast becoming a hub for nurses in East Africa – with 67 graduated and another 33 enrolled.

In 2018 the Critical Care Child Nursing Team won the prestigious Burdett Trust Nursing Award for Global Health Impacts.

The CNPDI is building critical care nursing for children Africa: one nurse at a time.  If you would like to help this important initiative to continue and expand, please consider support.  One-off donations or monthly/annual pledges can be made here.