The need for Global health nursing certificate courses in Nigeria.

By Nuruddeen Abubakar Adam | 27 Jul, 2017

Global health nursing has been a major tool for professional development and improving the quality of care to patients worldwide, but some of the developing countries like Nigeria( my country) we are not privileged to have workshops, certificate courses and conferences or any other form of training for nurses in such field. I'm hereby using this medium to call for any organization that will be ready for such initiatives in the country and who we will work together to initiative such project especially the Northern part of the country in Ahmadu bello university Zaria.



Mary Ellen Ciptak, RN, PsyD Replied at 11:43 PM, 27 Jul 2017

Anything I can contribute I will gladly do. I would like to make myself available to new nurses, to mentor them, especially when they find themselves in ethical or moral dilemmas in the workplace.
It's not important that we figure out how to work through the pain, but more importantly, to be there, be present in the pain, and help them find their own conclusions.

Monique Germain Moderator Replied at 11:55 PM, 27 Jul 2017

Dear Colleague,
I will be glad to help too. In addition, I work with a number of Nigerian nurses in the US who frequently travel to Nigeria to provide their services. Some are educators, some are practitioners. Please do not hesitate to contact me. To repeat what Mary Ellen Ciptak stated: "It's not important that we figure out how to work through the pain, but more importantly, to be there, be present in the pain, and help them find their own conclusions".
Well said, Mary Ellen!

Nuruddeen Abubakar Adam Replied at 1:25 AM, 28 Jul 2017

Thank you very much for that.
I'll be glad if anyone that is ready to work with me or to be part of the organising committee for this initiative will contact me through this mail:.
We will start working on it .

NTACYABUKURA Blaise Replied at 2:34 AM, 28 Jul 2017

In the Global Health Focus we are giving global health courses to
pharmacists, public health practitioners and medical doctors. We were in
Zaria in February for the Certificate course in Global health Pharmacy.
If you are still interested, we can elaborate your course. Our email:


Judy Phillips Replied at 6:34 AM, 28 Jul 2017

Hello everyone,

Please know I am happy to help. I am a nurse practitioner and a professor. Please let me know what you need. I truly believe in mentoring and in teamwork.

I am blessed to read your writings.


Ruth Staus Replied at 12:02 AM, 1 Aug 2017

I am trying to find out about resources available to fund basic nursing training. I just completed another summer of teaching social medicine to Haitian medical, nursing, and social work students in Mirebelais. One of our teaching assistants is supposed to be going into her fourth year of nursing school. Her mother recently lost her job and they are homeless. She has absolutely no possible way to pay her school fees and was going to drop out of school. This young woman is brilliant and has the capacity for doing doctoral level work. I am going to personally fund her final year because I can't stand by and watch this waste of human potential. The problem is that we had numerous students in our course who are in similar situations and I can't afford to help all of them. Are there any American nursing schools or funds available to assist nursing students in low income countries to complete their studies?

Monique Germain Moderator Replied at 9:48 PM, 1 Aug 2017

Thanks for posting this information. There are quite a few organizations that have been helping nursing students complete their studies. Please contact me personally and I will be willing to discuss this matter with you. Good luck!

Claudia Lefko Replied at 3:43 PM, 2 Aug 2017

I am responding to Ruth's posting and sharing what I hear as her frustration.

I have written here before about our quest to train oncology nurses in Baghdad, at Children's Welfare Teaching Hospital (CWTH) in Medical City. It occurs to me as I read posting here, that each site, even as we all fall into the LMIC category, faces different challenges. And I think this makes advocacy around the need for "help" somewhat difficult .

There is a shortage of nurses generally in Iraq; education and training have suffered a lot through decades of war and instability. CWTH is a public hospital; some "nurses" arrive at the unit without the basics of nursing, let alone grounding in pediatric oncology.

What we need is basic training for all nurses on the unit. There is a staff of thirty nurses, some of which are only secondary school graduates and some who have a college degree---but still the education and training is below standard. We have targeted nurse training as a priority, but funding eludes us. Some nurses have been sent for a week or two weeks here and there, but the unit has not been able to implement a strategy that will bring everyone up to some basic level.

At some point, we resolved to try to take matters, as much as possible, into our own hands and develop a plan that capitalized on the resources at hand on the unit. We decided we must become the ones we had been waiting for. This was an empowering move, but you can only go so far on your own. We need outside expertise and support.

Last July six nurses and five oncologists from CWTH met for three days with a small team of supportive internationals in Amman Jordan to develop a site-specific, sustainable program to train and educate nurses on the Baghdad unit. The Amman meeting itself was a project. There were many challenges, visas and funding for instance.. And, we we were crossing traditional divides, between doctors and nurses, Iraqis and internationals. We were gratified when our "meeting project" was one of ten selected by the My Child Matters Grant Award for Paediatric Oncology Nurses. The award grant provided much needed boost in confidence as well as partial funding. We are proud to say we met our stated goal of launching IPONET (Iraqi Pediatric Oncology Nursing Education and Training)

The overall goal of IPONET is to achieve the six Baseline Standards for pediatric oncology nursing care in LMICs, developed by (SIOP). Now, we are looking for funding to implement the plan, specifically to meet Standard 2 which addresses the need for formal training and education, to include theory and clinical skills. We have a month-long program outlined.

The overall package is hefty because no one is willing to come to Baghdad; the training must happen outside of Iraq. We are trying to break down costs to a nurse-by-nurse estimate hoping Ruth and her Haiti nursing student--will find satisfaction and reward in supporting some or all of a month-long training and education program. Still, it is a long road for us.

I also welcome any suggestions for funding our overall project or individual nurses and would be more-than-willing to collaborate with others on this issue in any way I can.


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