16 April 2018

Botswana: UB School of Nursing Re-Designates As World Health Centre

Gaborone — University of Botswana School of Nursing has been re-designated as World Health Centre again with expanded terms of reference for another four years.

World Health Organisation (WHO) country representative, Dr Ovberedjo Martins, who was accompanied by other WHO officials in Mr Moagi Gaborone, Mrs Bakanuki Nfila and Mr Mapuranga, made the announcement in a meeting that was followed by the issuance of a press release today.

The release, which was issued from UB School of Nursing, says the school has been a WHO Collaborating Centre (WHOCC) for Nursing and Midwifery Development for the English speaking African countries since 1999.

The release says the re-designation is done every four years with specific terms of reference.

This year, the release says, marks 28 years of the partnership between UB and WHO.

Therefore the current re-designation covers the period April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2021.

It also says the centre's new terms of reference aim to strengthen the contribution of nursing and midwifery in reducing the burden of non-communicable diseases (NDCs) and promote health and wellness throughout the lifespan.

In addition, terms of reference also seek to promote strategy on women, children and adolescents (2016-2030), strengthen the capacity of nurses and midwives to provide quality services to reduce morbidity and mortality for mothers and the newborns.

It says the WHOCC has also been tasked to promote and conduct collaborative research on NCDs and maternal, newborns, child and adolescents.

Accepting re-designation, UB vice chancellor, Professor David Norris appreciated the move, describing the achievement as special recognition of the valuable work by the centre and the university.

Professor Norris said UB management would support the WHOCC and also work closely with WHO country office.

Also, the vice chancellor underscored the contribution of the WHOCC that through knowledge development and evidence generation, it would impact on people's lives and national development.

He further stated that it was particularly interesting as the impact of the centre was expected to cover all of English speaking African countries.

On the other hand, Dr Martins acknowledged UB's valuable contribution, including the resources the university committed to enhance the tripartite partnership between itself, Ministry of Health and Wellness and WHO on health development in Botswana and beyond.

Dr Martins presented the vice chancellor with copies of the AFRO Transformation Agenda (2015-2020) and the Country Cooperation Strategy (2014-2022).

Dr Martins observed that the re-designation of the centre had a key role in the health development of the African region in that implementation of the terms of reference would have direct impact on the lives of communities.

Source : BOPA

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