Within 11 countries in Africa, staff in our hospitals, health centres and outreach clinics support people in urgent need of medical, surgical, maternity and mental health care.
They also provide early intervention and rehabilitative care to children, people with disabilities and people with chronic conditions.
The shortage of qualified nurses seriously undermines health care provision.
Training local people as community health nurses and specialist psychiatric nurses helps to ensure that care is specifically targeted, sensitive to local need and more widely available. It also contributes to positive changes in the lives of these women and men, their households and communities.
Our Appeal - what is it for?
Even in the most difficult and challenging of circumstances people find ways of not only surviving but of breaking through the limitations imposed by their circumstances to make a better life for themselves and their families and to fulfil their ambitions. The Nurse trainees in Sierra Leone and Malawi whom we want to financially support through their training are mostly just that: ordinary people with dreams, determination and drive but without the means to pay for their training and the associated costs.
Both countries are poor and nurses are the backbone of their health care services. The shortage of qualified nurses seriously undermines health care provision. But there are many people willing to make nursing their career and need sponsorship to help make it a reality.