Enabling Continuous Professional Development for Mid-Level Health Workers in Africa Organised by Institute of Capacity Development, Amref Health Africa
Organised by Amref Health Africa: Institute of Capacity Development
Whereas most countries have CPD frameworks, the regular mechanisms and implementation is still lacking. This has led to a general lack of awareness and appreciation of the role CPD plays amongst the nursing and midwives fraternity. Due to the perennial shortage of health workers, the nurses and midwives have little time and motivation to engage in CPD. The differences in infrastructure have led to a lack of equity in access of CPD opportunities between urban and rural based nurses. A few countries have attempted to meet this challenge by availing the CPD opportunities through eLearning, however, there are challenges in monitoring and quality assurance of this approach in capacity strengthening of nurses and midwives. In some instances CPD opportunities provide allowances while others do not thereby influencing and affecting uptake by nurses and midwives. In some instances, CPD does not guarantee career growth thereby demotivating nurses from taking CPD courses.
The session seeks to find a common voice on how to approach CPD for mid-level health workers. What are some of the approaches we could employ in standardizing CPD courses? What cadres should be targeted as a start? How receptive are countries towards this? What are the enablers of this agenda? This agenda is a follow up to a conversation that begun at the ECSACON where the nurse training leadership from sub Saharan Africa agreed to standardize CPD training for the nursing cadre.