Train 30 nurses: empower women and save lives

by Wonder Foundation
Train 30 nurses: empower women and save lives
Train 30 nurses: empower women and save lives
Train 30 nurses: empower women and save lives
Train 30 nurses: empower women and save lives
Train 30 nurses: empower women and save lives
Train 30 nurses: empower women and save lives
Train 30 nurses: empower women and save lives
Train 30 nurses: empower women and save lives
Train 30 nurses: empower women and save lives
Train 30 nurses: empower women and save lives
ISSI nurses training at Monkole Hospital
ISSI nurses training at Monkole Hospital

“What is the point of having ventilators in Africa if no one knows how to operate them?”

Nicole is a public health nurse at Monkole Hospital and Director of Nursing at ISSI nursing school. She has been working at ISSI, our local partner, for over 20 years and has helped to train hundreds of nurses in DR Congo and gives us a glimpse of the reality of the Covid-19 situation in Kinshasa, DR Congo.

Nicole tells us about the effects of COVD in her own words:

“Confronted with Covid-19, African countries are facing a global pandemic not just without equipment and PPE, but also without well-trained medical personnel. The WHO has asked again for investment in the training of nurses, at this time. Skilled nurses are at the forefront in responding to a health crisis such as coronavirus and core to achieving sustainable development.

At ISSI, where I work, we have been lucky to receive support from professionals abroad who have invested in our staff and teachers’ skills. ISSI is recognized as the best nursing school in DR Congo. But we are constantly struggling to convince donors that they should invest in training nurses when they see DR Congo’s lack of hospitals – we are one of Africa’s poorest countries despite our vast mineral wealth.

Even our insufficient number of hospitals are unable to operate at capacity because of a lack of trained staff. We need to fund scholarships for nurses to train, in a country where 77% of people live in extreme poverty. We need to provide training for qualified nurses to become instructors so that our local capacity to educate enough nurses to cater to a population of over 85 million is developed.

Training medical professionals will ultimately result in reducing Africa’s less dependence on the West. It is not so much advanced technologies that we need to save the lives of our fellow citizens: we need to be equipped to recognize an emergency situation and know the actions to be taken; we need to be trained in preventing the diseases that continue to kill our children, one in five of whom are dying in infancy; we need to know the basics of hygiene, in a country where the understanding of handwashing is low, etc.

In a word, we need training. Being a country with few resources, we must put more emphasis on training to avoid a new health disaster.

Thank you for your commitment to transforming the lives of young women in DR Congo through quality education.

With gratitude,

Camille Thirot and the WONDER team

Nicole, Director of Nursing at ISSI
Nicole, Director of Nursing at ISSI
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ISSI nurse in Monkole Hospital, DRC
ISSI nurse in Monkole Hospital, DRC

Thank you for your commitment to our work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Your support is invaluable to us and our local partner ISSI Monkole, especially during this time of crisis. 

As the Coronavirus spreads around the world, the key role nurses play in our healthcare systems is now more visible than ever. And as we understand the invaluable work of nurses, we must also recognise the essential role of training nurses. Skilled nurses play a key part in responding to health crises such as the Coronavirus and in achieving sustainable development.

Nurses play a critical role in health promotion, disease prevention and delivering primary and community care. Many countries are facing the current global pandemic, not just without equipment and PPE, but also without well-trained medical personnel. Ensuring nurses have the education, training and resources necessary to carry out their work is therefore essential to the wellbeing of the world. 

Currently, many ISSI graduates and saving lives on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis, working at the ISSI reference hospital: Monkole Hospital. ISSI nurses are playing a KEY role in overcoming this deadly virus in the DRC as it will require mostly nursing care. It is at times like these that we can see the vital importance of training nurses and the value of scholarships so that nurses can be trained.

Monkole Hospital is in good nursing hands, but is facing serious shortages of even the most basic equipment they need to contain the virus. We have set up an emergency fund to help buy the essential equipment needed to manage the pandemic. ISSI’s nurses need our help now, more than ever.

Thank you again for your donation, your support is more important than ever!

Best wishes,
Camille

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It is at times like these that we can see the vital importance of training nurses and the value of scholarships so that nurses can be trained. The nurses you have helped train are fighting the Coronavirus pandemic in DRC.

As the Coronavirus spreads around the world, the key role nurses play in our healthcare systems is now more visible than ever. And as we understand the invaluable work of nurses, we must also recognise the essential role of training nurses. Skilled nurses play a key part in responding to health crises such as the Coronavirus and in achieving sustainable development.

There is a global shortage of health workers, in particular nurses and midwives, who represent more than 50% of the current shortage in health workers. The world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030. Nurses play a critical role in health promotion, disease prevention and delivering primary and community care.

Many countries are facing the current global pandemic, not just without equipment and PPE, but also without well-trained medical personnel. Ensuring nurses have the education, training and resources necessary to carry out their work is therefore essential to the wellbeing of the world. 

In the words of Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director general of the WHO: “We simply cannot achieve universal health coverage and the health-related targets in the SDGs unless we empower and equip nurses and midwives, and harness their power.”

ISSI: nursing the DRC back to health

Nursing is a profession which is too often undervalued, but it is nurses who underpin the healthcare workforce worldwide. Our local partner ISSI nursing school is raising the status and profile of nursing in the DRC, demonstrating what more can be achieved by a strengthened nursing profession and training highly skilled nurses.

ISSI graduates are so appreciated by hospitals that they have raised the average salary of nurses by 200% in the last 20 years. ISSI nurses have also helped to share knowledge and transform practice of good hygiene and patient care in the hospitals they work in.

Currently, many ISSI graduates and saving lives on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis, working at the ISSI reference hospital: Monkole Hospital. ISSI nurses are playing a KEY role in overcoming this deadly virus in the DRC as it will require mostly nursing care. It is at times like these that we can see the vital importance of training nurses and the value of scholarships so that nurses can be trained.

Thank you for your support!

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Camille Thirot
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