25 Feb 2015 09:40am
WINDHOEK, 25 FEB (NAMPA) Nurses and Midwives from various African countries are gathered in the capital for the three-day African Health Profession Regulatory Collaborative Summative Congress.
The congress commenced on Tuesday.
The meeting is held under the theme 'Aligning health professional regulation with the scale-up of nurse-initiated and managed antiretroviral to accelerate childhood HIV treatment and reach an AIDS-free generation.'
Officiating at the event, Minister of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) Richard Kamwi, whose speech was read on his behalf by the Director at the Atomic Energy and Radiation Protection Authority in the MOHSS, Axel Tibinyane, said the open sharing of participants experiences and discourse will provide the continent with fresh ideas, sound values and constructive experiences.
He noted that the meeting will offer practical solutions to the different challenges the continent is facing in relation to HIV/AIDS, and called on participants to come up with clear and firm guidelines on how best Africa can advance the cause of further engaging the regulatory bodies in this noble initiative.
The meeting is aimed at facilitating regional dialogue on lessons learned and the sharing of the best HIV clinical practices related to nursing and midwifery legislation and regulation, pre-service and continuing education, and scopes of practice.
Tibinyane added, This is one of the ways that allows us to gain insight into our mutual concerns and thereby enable us develop more accurate strategies with regard to health care delivery.
The meeting will also provide assistance and technical support to countries to develop their regulatory improvement projects to facilitate the expansion of HIV services, particularly paediatric HIV services.
Participants are from countries such as Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa (SA), Lesotho, South Sudan, Rwanda, Uganda, Swaziland, Seychelles, Mozambique, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and the host Namibia.
The meeting ends on Thursday, 26 February 2015.