R30m boost for training community service nurses

Sne Masuku

Sne Masuku

Durban University of Technology has received a R30million grant that will pay for an undergraduate programme to train nurses.

Atlantic Philanthropies, an international foundation active in South Africa, will spread the payment over five years, but the university has already received the first R10million.

Nomthandazo Gwele, executive dean of the health sciences faculty, was ecstatic yesterday.

"This money is earmarked to establish a four-year nursing programme, allowing the university to address the nursing needs of the country," she said.

"We want to change the focus of training nurses so they are prepared for primary healthcare as opposed to preparing nurses only for hospital settings."

Zola Madikizela of Atlantic Philanthropies said: "Atlantic is proud to support the new nurse training programme, which will prepare a new generation of health professionals for careers in the communities where they are needed most."

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