Zimbabwe Nurses’ Council receives USA support

by ROBERT TAPFUMANEYI (Staff Writer)

Nurses attend the hand-over ceremony

Harare – The United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ambassador Charles Ray said his embassy will continue to support the health system in the country as it tries to recover from a decade of meltdown.

The Ambassador was speaking Tuesday, at the official handover ceremony of computer software and a generator donated by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), through the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).  The donation worth about US$31,000 is part of a national electronic health workforce database (or Health Resource Information System- HRIS) designed to provide more reliable information on workforce demographics, training needs, migration patterns and workforce capacity.

Mr. Ray emphasized that the donation is part of his embassy’s initiative to try and create an integrated information system on the available human resources for the nation’s health sector, to allow for better planning and effective management of the human resource in the sector.

“The National Health Resources System (HRIS) is a critical component for a comprehensive workforce development strategy and this can help decision makers in government to identify gaps for new service providers, vacancies in geographical areas, training needs, and provide an evidence base for a training strategy” said Ambassador Ray.

Speaking at the same occasion, the Minister of Health and Child Welfare Dr Henry Madzorera said qualified nurses in the country were among civil servants “selling tomatoes” as they shun the not so handsomely rewarding health sector.

Madzorera said “the brain-drain was debilitating on Zimbabwe’s health sector” with more than 2000 vacancies currently available for senior nurses, as most nurses leave for greener pastures abroad in countries such as Great Britain, New Zealand, and Australia, and also to countries within the region, especially Botswana and South Africa.

One of the challenges in most developing countries, including Zimbabwe, is a lack of adequate systems to analyze workforce dynamics.  The establishment of a functional system is the first step the health sector is undertaking to boost the organizational culture of evidence-based planning and strategic thinking.

 

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Robert Tapfumaneyi

HAZ Correspondent

Comments

  1. janet nyoka says:

    Why does the ministry of health not allow primary care nurses to migrate to other countries if they are offered the opportunity by those countries?

  2. marisiana areka says:

    Whats up with this new system of renewing practising Certificates.Need more details, Isolated

  3. Yes really I support you there Enock they should have a website so that it is easy for nurses to be informed of the new infor on the market.It will also save time and money to the nurses if they introduce the e-registation and renewal of the practicing certificates for nurses because the regulating body is only in Hre and its hard for those in Binga to come every month to renew the papers.

  4. Enock Musungwini says:

    A very good gesture from the American Embasy and such efforts should be commended.
    I am however pained that the Nurses Council of Zimbabwe dont have a Website. The council represents all nurses and is undoubtebly the major in terms of embership.
    Is it lack of resources? Innovation or just downplaying importance of technology in the digital wprld.

    something should be done and this should be taken further to Nursing training schools to introduce computer labs for the benefit off students to research current information.

    Lastly progress nursing as a profession to catch up with other professions and reguional nursing standards is at a tortoise pace.

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