birthThe University of Brighton (UOB) will help reduce Zambia’s child mortality deaths when it sets up the first paediatric nursing course with a £30,000 Government grant.

Zambia is a low-middle income country with a death rate of 83 per 1000, and infant mortality in the under-fives is over 16 times higher than the UK.

The new course will provide nurses with knowledge, skills and competence to care for sick infants and children, as well as building on the ties established in 2005 between Lusaka School of Nursing and the Brighton-Lusaka Health Charity Link.

Britain won’t stand on the sidelines

After announcing the grant, Justin Greening, MP, Secretary of State for International Development said: “British nurses, midwives and medical teams are among the best in the world.

"Britain won’t stand on the sidelines when so many women die every day in pregnancy or childbirth.”

He said that the partnership will allow the British harness their expertise to provide developing countries with the skills needed in improving their health.

Lusaka school of Nursing are delighted 

The Principal Lecturer at Lusaka School of Nursing (paediatrics), Eric Chisupa said: “We are delighted.

“We can never say thank you enough for this Government grant.”

Children in Zambia have been managed by general nurses and midwives, which has resulted in high mortality rates, but are now certain to benefit from the paediatric course.

Some tutorials will be prepared using modern technology

Child health Senior Lecturer and project leader at UOB’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, Jill Durrant, said that “some of the lessons will be prepared using modern communications such as email and Skype to enable the students share reflections on clinical practice.”

UK students will buddy up with Zambian nursing students who are eager to learn and help reduce common diseases such as malaria and HIV/AIDS.

The project will also strengthen the education and health systems in Zambia aimed at ‘scaling up’ delivery of safe, accessible and high-quality care to children.