Towards an action plan to build capacity for nursing and midwifery education in the CARICOM region

    OTTAWA, June 30 /CNW/ - The Nursing and Midwifery workforce represents a
vital component of the global health workforce, and its sustainability is a
critical issue. To address this issue, nursing and midwifery education plays a
key role in mentoring the future nursing and midwifery workforce and in
developing the existing workforce.
    This Canada-Caribbean Community (CARICOM region) collaborative project
entitled "Towards an Action Plan to Build Capacity for Nursing and Midwifery
Education in the CARICOM Region" aims at collecting relevant data that will
lead to the development of a strategic action plan to build nursing and
midwifery education capacity and supporting resources in the CARICOM region.
    Building on existing relationship between the CARICOM region and Canada,
this project will be developed and implemented through the collaboration of
two highly capable organizations: the Canadian Association of Schools of
Nursing (CASN) and the Pan American Health Organization / Office of Caribbean
Program Coordination (PAHO - OCPC). This collaboration will be enhanced by the
support and participation of Health Canada's Office of Nursing Policy, the
World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery
Development based at the region's University of the West Indies, Mona, and the
Regional Nursing Body for the CARICOM Region.
    The specific objectives of the project are (1) to build better
understanding of the existing institutional and human resource capacity in the
CARICOM region as a basis for longer-term development and training of nursing
and midwifery educators; (2) to learn from the experiences of Caribbean
countries within the CARICOM Region and stakeholders about the ethical
challenges of training and migration; (3) to provide an opportunity for
Canadians involved in HHR and nursing/midwifery education to network and
mobilize additional stakeholders around the issue; and (4) to develop and
disseminate the preliminary findings of the assessment with a view to
longer-term cooperation between Canada and the CARICOM Region.

    The Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) is the secretariat
for the project and is the national voice for nursing education, research, and
scholarship and represents baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs across
Canada. The organization strives to lead nursing education and nursing
scholarship in the interest of healthier Canadians.

    The PAHO-OCPC is an inter-governmental organization which aims to improve
health through ensuring equity of access to the conditions which facilitate
good health and to strengthen CARICOM regional, national, and local health
systems. It covers PAHO's technical cooperation mandate for the CARICOM

    The Caribbean Community, CARICOM Region, comprises15 Caribbean nations
and dependencies, and was established by the Treaty of Chaguaramas, which was
originally signed by Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago and came
into effect on August 1, 1973. The Treaty in its current form supports
economic integration and cooperation among its members, to ensure that the
benefits of integration are equitably shared, and to coordinate foreign
policy. Its major activities involve coordinating economic policies and
development planning; devising and instituting special projects for the
less-developed countries within its jurisdiction; operating as a regional
single market for many of its members; and handling regional trade disputes.

For further information:

For further information: Dr. Gillian Barclay, Pan American Health
Organization, Caribbean Program Coordination,; Dr. Hermi
Hewitt,; Dr. Ellen Rukholm, Canadian Association
of Schools of Nursing,; Dr. Bernadette Theodore-Gandi, Pan
American Health Organization, Caribbean Program Coordination,

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