Project profile — Ghana Paediatric Nursing Education Partnership (PNEP)

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Ghana Paediatric Nursing Education Partnership (PNEP) - Overview
The Hospital for Sick Children (CA-CRA_ACR-3107492928)
2014-11-28 - 2023-04-30
Country / region • Ghana (100.00%)
Sector • Health, General
Health policy and administrative management (12110) (10.00%)
• Basic Health
Health personnel development (12281) (90.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
Description and results


This project aims to reduce death and illness among newborns and children in underserved districts in Ghana. By expanding paediatric nurse programs, this project seeks to build the professional skills of paediatric nurses and health workers to provide quality, cost-effective, evidence-based nursing and midwifery care to newborns and children. Project activities include: (1) establishing three new training institutions for paediatric nursing specialist programs and continuing professional development courses; (2) developing standardized curricula for the paediatric nursing specialist program and the continuing professional development course at the national Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives; (3) delivering paediatric nursing specialist training programs to 500 nurses; (4) delivering continuing professional development courses on subjects such as sickle cell disease, neonatal care and nutrition to 1,000 nurses, midwives, and community health workers; and, (5) facilitating the adoption of essential policies including equitable national recruitment, retention and deployment strategies for scale-up with a focus on underserved regions. The project expects to reach about 1,500 people, including nurses, midwives and health workers, directly with training. Approximately 6,700,000 children and newborns are also expected to benefit from better health services as a result of the scale-up of paediatric nursing programs in Ghana. DFATD has set aside funds for an evaluation of this project. For administrative reasons, the funds identified for this purpose have been included in the amount appearing on this page.

Expected results

The expected results for this project include: (1) increased number of clinical nurse educators trained; (2) increased number of nurses enrolled in the paediatric nursing specialist program; (3) increased number of health workers completing continuing professional development courses; and (4) the implementation of essential policies including an equitable national recruitment, retention and deployment strategy.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of the end of the project (March 2021) include: (1) trained 501 pediatric nurses (of which 372 women and 129 men) through a one-year competency-based nursing education program across three sites (Accra, , Kumasi and Tamale), against a target of 500; (2) ensured a regional distribution of nurses recruited into the one-year program by having 52% of residents come from underserved areas against a target of 50%; (3) developed a nationally standardized curriculum for pediatric nursing; (4) increased and built capacity of 1264 health care workers through continued professional development courses in nutrition, sickle cell disease and newborn care, against a target of 1000; (5) improved access to pediatric nurses by having a PNEP trained nurse at 83 Ghana Health Services designated district hospitals against a target of 70; and (6) retained 232 out of 233 trained nurses working in Ghanian health care institutions, more than 13 months following the completion of the program.



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Planned Disbursement $0
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