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Birmingham City University’s £170,000 project to boost nursing in Zambia

9th September 2020

Medilink patron Birmingham City Univerity (BCU) has been awarded £173,000 from a new government package, funding projects across the globe to support communities hit by the coronavirus.

The money awarded will be used to boost trauma and emergency nursing in Zambia.

Academics at the university have been awarded £173,000 from a new government package, funding projects across the globe to support communities hit by the coronavirus.

The project will see nurse academics and researchers work alongside nurses, local healthcare workers and officials to increase provision for trauma  and emergency care within both Zambia’s hospitals and communities.

Working alongside Zambia’s Ministry of Health, Lusaka College of Nursing and Midwifery, Ndola College of Nursing and other local partners, the scheme will provide the education and training to leave a legacy of growth in trauma and emergency nursing skills and expertise  across the country to help enhance service provision.

A series of Covid-19 workshops throughout the country will help the nursing workforce gain the knowledge needed to extend their clinical practice.

Funded via the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Newton Fund, the scheme will help nurses deal with Covid-19 related health issues such, while continuing to respond to other communicable and non-communicable diseases through their augmented and strengthened competence, while maintaining nursing capacity within the healthcare service.

Professor Joy Notter at Birmingham City University, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has caused a strain on health services around the world, and this project will provide essential interventions for support in trauma and emergency nursing in Zambia.

“We are delighted to have received this latest round of funding from UKRI, and the fact they have chosen to support a project, led by nurses, working with nurses, to support the international community of nurses makes funding all the more special.”

Nurse academics from the university have worked with the local communities and authorities to map the key healthcare needs for the country.

Senior lecturer and co-investigator, Chris Carter, added: “We have been working with nurses, healthcare workers and authorities in Zambia for the last five years to help them to build up their critical care services, and this latest round of funding will allow us to build on that work and transfer it to support trauma and emergency nurses as they deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The announcement forms part of the government’s £7.5m investment into research projects to address the impact of Covid-19 on the world’s most vulnerable communities.

Pictured: The team from Birmingham City University alongside officials from the Ministry of Health, General Nursing Council (Zambia), Zambian Union of Nurses Organisation, Lusaka College of Nursing and Midwifery, Ndola College of Nursing and Midwifery, University Teaching Hospital, Levy Mwanawasa Medical University and University of Zambia

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