The General Nursing Council of Zambia (GNCZ) and Amref Health Africa (AHA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Amref International University (AMIU) in Nairobi, Kenya on Wednesday 27th June 2018.
Speaking at the colourful MoU signing ceremony, Dr. Aaron Banda (PhD) who is the Registrar and CEO of GNCZ expressed happiness by the way the Council (GNCZ) and Amref (AHA) had reached an agreement aimed at strengthening partnership between the two parties (GNCZ and AHA). Dr. Banda emphasised the fact that the signing of the MoU was the beginning of the formal and well coordinated collaboration between GNCZ and Amref that will greatly contribute to tremendous efforts already being made by the Zambian Government through the Ministry of Health (MoH) to develope and strengthen the nursing and midwifery professions as a critical integral part of the much needed high quality Human Resources for Health (HRH) in Zambia.
Speaking at the same ceremony, Professor Peter M. Ngatia who is also the Vice Chancellor of Amref International University (AMIU) which is an affiliate of AHA, reaffirmed his organisation’s continued commitment to supporting GNCZ in whatever possible way aimed at enhancing the quality of Nursing and Midwifery education, training and practice in Zambia. Professor Ngatia who was franked by Dr. George Kimathi (Director, Institute of Capacity Development, Nairobi, Kenya), among other Amref senior members of staff, commended the GNCZ for being the first nursing and midwifery regulatory body in Africa to embrace technology and innovative way of advancing pre-service nursing education and training through blended e-learning teaching methodologies.
The signed MoU which will run for three years (subject to renewal) between GNCZ and AHA focuses on the following six (6) areas of collaboration:
1. Exchange of technical skills to strengthen
HRH programming in Zambia; including
development, monitoring and evaluation of
learning strategies and training
2. The ZEN (abridged) conversion training
3. Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
learning platform to provide online and
offline access to courses for nurses and
midwives in Zambia;
4. Nursing and midwifery research and
5. Joint dissemination of research and
programme findings through publication,
conferences and other professional
6. In-country scale of Amref Leadership,
Management and Governance (LMG)
courses offered through Management
Development Initiative (MDI) for
continued Health System Strengthening.