About the project- Community-Oriented Nursing Education for Women and Child Health (CONEWCH)
The project is a partnership and collaborative research, service and educational initiative aiming at transforming the nursing education to improve the health care services particularly in the rural and urban areas serviced by the University of Pretoria and University of Limpopo, MEDUNSA Campus.
This project is part of University - Based Nursing Education South Africa (UNEDSA) programme which is managed by FUNDISA and funded by Philanthropic group. The key identification issue of this project is the collaborative partnership nature between the University of Pretoria and University of Limpopo (MEDUNSA campus) - Nursing departments, where the project implementation is through the learning centres established at Tshwane and Jubilee district hospitals.
The project central research interests are the impact of evidence-based practice to resolve the identified women and children health care problems focusing on:
oHIV & AIDS, and related malnutrition,
oMaternal and child mortality and
oReproductive health services.
Who are to benefit from the project?
The project has a participatory and capacity building focus in that it involves the students undergoing nursing training (undergraduate and postgraduate), clinical practice nurses, lecturers and stakeholders with mutual interest from different community formations.
It is estimated that 5 250 nursing students, 50 lecturers and 204 clinical /practice nurses will be empowered by the programme.
The vehicles of implementation
Communities of Practice (CoPs)- which are groups of people (lectures, scholars, clinical/practice nurses and project staff) who share a common interest/ passion for what they do meet regularly to learn how to do it better in line with the five focus areas mentioned above.
The nursing students are exposed to clinical learning experience on evidence-based practice using the computer lab/media centre. The lecturers spearhead the clinical learning programmes.
Scholarships awarded for Masters and Doctoral studies (research topics within the Women and Child Health) in increasing the supply and capacity of leadership within the nursing education fraternity
Capacity building activities (seminars, training workshops –mainly focusing of action research methodologies), curriculum review/ improvement, teaching/ learning methods, clinical practice / service delivery improvement etc
Learning from others- exchange visits, networking local and abroad
Dissemination of project results using various platforms to reach broader audience of all categories of health care service providers. The research papers, academic articles, project newsletter, universities (UP and UL) websites, brochures, conferences and posters
One of the quick gains of the project, and to this end the project has awarded/ and will still award scholarships.
TuksGolf Training Centre officially opened at the University of Pretoria - 17/05/2013
The University of Pretoria prides itself on its publicly recognised achievements pertaining to its various sporting fraternities. These achievements can be attributed to the University’s sporting facilities, which are of the highest quality among South African universities. To add to its quality achievements, the University of Pretoria, through TuksSport and the High Performance Centre (hpc), has now officially opened a golf training centre.
South African law professor to report to the United Nations on Lethal Robots - 16/05/2013
South African human rights law professor, Christof Heyns, will submit a widely anticipated report on Lethal Autonomous Robots (LARs) to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council on 29 May 2013.
Prof Heyns, from the University of Pretoria (UP), was appointed as UN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions in 2010. During last year, he conducted worldwide research on the question whether states should be allowed to use LARs - weapons that, once deployed, can use lethal force without further human intervention - during war, or peace.