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  The Kingdom of Eswatini has once again hosted delegates from the Eastern Central and Southern African College of Nursing ECSACON for the 15th Biennial Scientific Conference and 7th Quadrennial General Assembly The conference kicked off on a high note in Manzini on September 13 2022 with delegates from 16 countries across East Central and Southern Africa including Uganda South Africa Tanzania Rwanda Zimbabwe Namibia Seychelles and the hosts Eswatini Botswana and Lesotho The last conference was held in the Kingdom in August 1998 under the theme Improving Adolescent Health Nurses and Midwives Working in Partnership with Communities and was officiated by Her Majesty King Mswati III This was one of the most memorable events where the country witnessed nursing and midwifery science experts sharing scientific knowledge and best practices aimed at improving the health of our people The conference was officially opened by the Director General of the World Health Organization WHO Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus Broadcasting a recorded message he began by applauding all the nurses and midwives in South East and Central Africa for their steadfast commitment and courage during the COVID 19 pandemic He also pointed out that there is a shortage of nurses and midwives around the world adding that there is a notable shortage in the African region He mentioned that at the World Health Assembly WHA countries committed to strengthening support and safeguarding nurses midwives and other members of the health care workforce Dr Ghebreyesus highlighted that WHO has developed tools to help countries meet this commitment including the Global Strategy for Nursing and Midwifery He noted that there are encouraging signs of progress in this regard WHO remains committed to helping all countries strengthen their health workforce especially in Africa and we remain committed to supporting all nurses and midwives to ensure they receive quality education a living wage a safe and supportive environment and the respect they deserve he said During the official opening His Excellency the Honorable Acting Prime Minister of Eswatini Themba Masuku recognized the tremendous progress that African countries have made in addressing the health problems of adolescents who due to HIV AIDS suffered a setback in the early 2000s until the discovery of antiretroviral drugs drugs that became a solution to the burden of HIV Masuku reiterated that the extraordinary commitment selflessness passion impartiality and dedication cannot be overstated demonstrated by nurses and midwives to address the health challenges facing communities and meet regional and global goals She added that the Kingdom of Eswatini like other countries in the ECSA region is committed to achieving Universal Health Coverage UHC and that nurses and midwives are essential to achieving UHC through Primary Health Care C you are the first healthcare personnel to interact with patients and sometimes the only healthcare professional a patient will see It provides care support and treatment to the sick injured dying and supports their families and communities he said Masuku noted that the changing burden of disease and new emerging diseases such as COVID 19 have highlighted the need to strengthen the way healthcare is delivered in the ECSA region and the world at large He further stated that this also challenges the nursing and midwifery professions to embrace science and innovation while constantly seeking solutions to the new and complex challenges they face in nurse and midwife production education leadership and management research and practice clinic The acting prime minister also noted that the sub Saharan African region has grown economically over the past two decades with an impressive growth of more than 300 in total GDP since 2000 This growth he noted has been accompanied by increases in health spending and significant gains in health outcomes with improvements in health care and health outcomes directly supported by economic growth in the region Despite the progress Masuku added the region still struggles with the highest disease burden in the world including an emerging double burden of communicable and non communicable diseases This requires investing in the Nursing and Midwifery professions if we want to achieve Universal Health Coverage as well as the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs Similarly the COVID 19 pandemic has profoundly affected nursing education and practice This pandemic has exposed gaps and vulnerabilities in health systems and has presented important lessons for future preparedness he said adding that the conference therefore comes at an opportune time to share lessons learned and learn from each other to contribute to achieving universal health coverage and sustainable development goals We cannot succeed without each other and we must engage with respect and dignity while seeking guidance from standards and principles that have evolved through time experience and collective wisdom The conference was attended by over 400 nurses who took the time to observe a moment of silence for all the nurses and midwives who have lost their lives due to COVID 19 Delegates also recommitted to faithfully practicing the profession and upholding and upholding the standard of the nursing profession ECSACON has contributed for the past 32 years to capacity building in nursing education regulation and practice She has contributed to several studies including the State of the World Nursing report and the World Midwifery report to name a few
Eswatini hosts the 15th Biennial Conference of the Eastern, Central and Southern Africa College of Nursing

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The Kingdom of Eswatini has once again hosted delegates from the Eastern, Central and Southern African College of Nursing (ECSACON) for the 15th Biennial Scientific Conference and 7th Quadrennial General Assembly.

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The conference kicked off on a high note in Manzini on September 13, 2022, with delegates from 16 countries across East, Central and Southern Africa, including Uganda, South Africa, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Seychelles, and the hosts Eswatini, Botswana and Lesotho.

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The last conference was held in the Kingdom in August 1998, under the theme: ‘Improving Adolescent Health: Nurses and Midwives Working in Partnership with Communities’ and was officiated by Her Majesty King Mswati III.

This was one of the most memorable events where the country witnessed nursing and midwifery science experts sharing scientific knowledge and best practices aimed at improving the health of our people.

The conference was officially opened by the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus.

Broadcasting a recorded message, he began by applauding all the nurses and midwives in South, East and Central Africa for their steadfast commitment and courage during the COVID-19 pandemic.

He also pointed out that there is a shortage of nurses and midwives around the world, adding that there is a notable shortage in the African region.

He mentioned that at the World Health Assembly (WHA), countries committed to strengthening support and safeguarding nurses, midwives and other members of the health care workforce.

Dr. Ghebreyesus highlighted that WHO has developed tools to help countries meet this commitment, including the Global Strategy for Nursing and Midwifery.

He noted that there are encouraging signs of progress in this regard.

“WHO remains committed to helping all countries strengthen their health workforce, especially in Africa, and we remain committed to supporting all nurses and midwives to ensure they receive quality education, a living wage, a safe and supportive environment, and the respect they deserve.

” he said.

During the official opening, His Excellency the Honorable Acting Prime Minister of Eswatini Themba Masuku recognized the tremendous progress that African countries have made in addressing the health problems of adolescents who, due to HIV/AIDS, suffered a setback in the early 2000s until the discovery of antiretroviral drugs drugs that became a solution to the burden of HIV Masuku reiterated that the extraordinary commitment, selflessness, passion, impartiality and dedication cannot be overstated demonstrated by nurses and midwives to address the health challenges facing communities and meet regional and global goals She added that the Kingdom of Eswatini, like other countries in the ECSA region, is committed to achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and that nurses and midwives are essential to achieving (UHC) through Primary Health Care. C, you are the first healthcare personnel to interact with patients and sometimes the only healthcare professional a patient will see.

It provides care, support and treatment to the sick, injured, dying and supports their families and communities,” he said.

Masuku noted that the changing burden of disease and new emerging diseases such as COVID-19 have highlighted the need to strengthen the way healthcare is delivered in the ECSA region and the world at large.

He further stated that this also challenges the nursing and midwifery professions to embrace science and innovation while constantly seeking solutions to the new and complex challenges they face in nurse and midwife production (education), leadership and management, research and practice.

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The acting prime minister also noted that the sub-Saharan African region has grown economically over the past two decades with an impressive growth of more than 300% in total GDP since 2000.

This growth, he noted, has been accompanied by increases in health spending.

and significant gains in health outcomes with improvements in health care and health outcomes directly supported by economic growth in the region.

Despite the progress, Masuku added, the region still struggles with the highest disease burden in the world, including an emerging double burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases.

“This requires investing in the Nursing and Midwifery professions if we want to achieve Universal Health Coverage, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“Similarly, the COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly affected nursing education and practice.

This pandemic has exposed gaps and vulnerabilities in health systems and has presented important lessons for future preparedness,” he said, adding that the conference therefore comes at an opportune time to share lessons learned and learn from each other to contribute to achieving universal health.

coverage and sustainable development goals.

“We cannot succeed without each other, and we must engage with respect and dignity while seeking guidance from standards and principles that have evolved through time, experience and collective wisdom.”

The conference was attended by over 400 nurses who took the time to observe a moment of silence for all the nurses and midwives who have lost their lives due to COVID-19.

Delegates also recommitted to faithfully practicing the profession and upholding and upholding the standard of the nursing profession.

ECSACON has contributed for the past 32 years to capacity building in nursing education, regulation and practice.

She has contributed to several studies, including the State of the World Nursing report and the World Midwifery report, to name a few.

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