Delegates of The Gambia Chapter of the West African College of Nursing (WACN) have returned from the 12th Biennial General Meeting (BGM), 33rd Council and 21st Scientific Session in Monrovia, Liberia from 16th - 24th March 2013, a press release from the Chapter has stated. The aims and objectives of WACN are; to promote excellence in nursing-basic and post basic level and maintain the standard of nursing within the sub-region, formulate and support nursing educational programmes. It also aims to contribute to the improvement of health care within the West African sub-region, plan and implement continuing education for nursing personnel, and promote and encourage research in the field of nursing.
The release revealed that the theme for this year's BGM was "Educating the Nursing and Midwifery workforce for tomorrow: opportunities and challenges in the sub-region". During the meeting, there were paper presentations on innovation and excellence in practice: Advanced nursing practice perspectives; leadership development in nursing and midwifery: lessons from evidence-based theory of learning with organisations; educating the nursing workforce for tomorrow: opportunities and challenges in the sub-region; The West African College of Nursing: the past, present and the future; regulating nursing and midwifery in the sub-region: challenges and prospects.
At the meeting, the release went on, Dr. Francis Sarr of the Nursing and Reproductive Health faculty of the University of The Gambia displayed his published book entitled "Community-Oriented Education for Health Professionals: Cultural Analysis Approach to Curriculum Planning", which will soon be launched in The Gambia. The book extensively covers the concept of problem-based learning. Fatoumata Jarrai Daffeh, 1st vice president, WACN; Maragaret Gomez, chief nursing officer at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare & National Assembly Matters; Thomas A.B King, registrar of the Gambia Nursing and Midwifery Council, Lamin Suwareh, chairperson of the Gambia Chapter; and Dr. Veronica PS Njie-Carr who was accepted in absentia were confirmed as Fellows of the Council from The Gambia for the 2013-2015 biennium. "His Excellency Sheikh Professor Dr. Alhaji AJJ Jammeh provided the needed support for ten (10) Fellows to participate in the meeting. It could be recalled that in 2009, the president provided similar support to six (6) Fellows to attend the WACN's 10th BGM in Cotonou, Benin Republic.
Furthermore, His Excellency gave his approval to The Gambia Chapter to host the 11th WACN BGM in The Gambia in March 2011 and provided all the funding for this one-week activity," the release added. The Gambia Chapter members therefore seized the opportunity to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the president for his personal efforts in supporting the WACN and by extension Gambian nurses and midwives, adding that the experiences gained from the meetings will not only help to improve health care in The Gambia but will also contribute to the professional development of nurses and midwives.
As part of The Gambia Chapter's programme of activities for the 2013-2015 biennium, the Chapter will be engaged in activities such as health promotion, continue education and operational research.
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