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Scaling Up Paediatric Nursing in Ghana: One-year paediatric nursing education program launches in Kumasi, Ghana

The SickKids-Ghana Paediatric Nursing Education Partnership (PNEP) has reached a significant milestone in scaling up paediatric nursing in Ghana. PNEP, a partnership between SickKids Centre for Global Child Health, the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives, the Ghana Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service, enables registered general nurses working in clinical areas to expand their paediatric knowledge and skills and their leadership abilities through a one-year training program. The third education site was launched on May 18, 2017 in Kumasi, Ghana to increase access to education and contribute to greater coverage of paediatric nurses in the country.

Representatives from the Ghana Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives, and SickKids Centre for Global Child Health celebrated the launch along with the first cohort of students enrolled in the one-year program in Kumasi, Ghana. The program was first launched in Accra in May 2016 and in Tamale in October 2016 and aims to train 500 paediatric nurses, contributing the Ghana’s goal to train 1,500 nurses by 2025. PNEP is supported by Global Affairs Canada and SickKids Foundation.

Learn more about the SickKids-Ghana Paediatric Nursing Education Partnership (PNEP)

Speakers at the Kumasi, Ghana launch
CEO of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Principle of host Nursing Training College, Rector of the GCNM and representatives from GHS and the local Regional Health Directorate speaking at the Kumasi launch.

“SickKids is both privileged and proud to be in Ghana since 2010 and to be working with the Ghana College of Nurses & Midwives with support from the Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service and Government of Canada to enhance the quality of care for the children of Ghana,” says Nikhil Agarwal, Senior Program Manager for PNEP at SickKids Centre for Global Child Health.

Faculty and nurses at Kumasi launch
SickKids-Ghana Paediatric Nursing Education Partnership (PNEP) faculty and nurses enrolled in the one-year education program in Kumasi, Ghana.