Globally, nurses deliver the highest percentage of patient care. They are critical to strengthening health systems and responding to more acute crisis, like disease outbreaks. Despite being on the frontline of care, the global shortage of nurses continues to grow. Currently, it is estimated that 9 million more nurses and midwives are necessary to adequately meet health care needs.
In Malawi, there is fewer than 1 nurse to care for every 1,000 people. And such a significant shortage may be a contributing factor to poor health outcomes.
To overcome this shortage, Seed Global Health has been placing volunteer nursing educators in Malawi since 2013. Since our inaugural year, 32 nurse educators have taught and trained future nurses and nursing educators at four nursing institutions.
Working alongside local nursing professionals and educators, our volunteers strengthen in-country education. They teach courses, develop curriculum, lead training workshops, and teach at the bedside. By teaching local nurses, communities across Malawi can benefit from the “ripple effect” created when more skilled providers are better prepared to serve as educators.
In the first four years, these 32 volunteers have taught more than 3,000 unique trainees and contributed almost 38,000 service hours. With support from our volunteers, local faculty have reported feeling more energized and motivated and students have reported they felt more empowered, engagement, and confident in their skills.
By educating the next generation, we can support and empower nurses to ensure healthier communities and a healthier Malawi.