96 nurses receive training on Leadership for Change (LFC) with support from ProNurse Project News

24 May, 2024

On May 16, 2024, the ProNurse Project, funded by Global Affairs Canada and implemented by Cowater International, hosted a Certificate Award Ceremony for 96 graduates of the Leadership for Change (LFC) Program. LFC is designed and delivered by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and focuses on enhancing patient safety, facilitating a supportive environment for nurses and strengthening overall health policies.

The Award Ceremony was held in the newly renovated Auditorium of the Mohakhali College of Nursing, in Dhaka, an investment supported by ProNurse. The event featured congratulatory messages from Dr. Pamela Cipriano, President of ICN and Md. Abdus Salam Khan, Additional Secretary of the Planning Wing, Medical Education and Family Welfare Division, Ministry of Health, Family and Welfare of Bangladesh. Guest speakers highlighted the critical importance of nursing education, leadership and technical expertise in strengthening the overall healthcare outcomes of Bangladesh.

LFC graduates holding their certificates

Judith Oulton, Senior International Nurse Advisor, Cowater International and Former Chief Executive Officer, ICN, noted the important leadership role of LFC graduates in strengthening the healthcare system in Bangladesh. Edward Cabrera, First Secretary at the High Commission of Canada in Dhaka, highlighted Canada’s commitment to supporting nursing development in the country and the strong partnership between Cowater International, the University of Montreal, and the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing in enhancing nursing training and education in areas such as ICU management, mental health, and others. Building nursing competencies and shaping a new generation of nurse mentors will be further enhanced following the construction of the Nurse Teachers Training Center (NTTC).

Closing remarks from Maqsura Noor, Additional Secretary and Director General of DGNM echoed the messages of all participating dignitaries and highlighted the important role of ProNurse and LFC training in helping develop the future nurse leaders of Bangladesh. In total, 200 nurses are expected to graduate from the program.

ProNurse is assisting the Directorate General, Nursing & Midwifery (DGNM), Ministry of Health, Family and Welfare (MOHFW) of Bangladesh in several other initiatives that aim to improve the quality of nursing education, such as establishing the Nurses Teachers Training Centre (NTTC), providing access to continued professional development (CPD), improving the examination system, and enhancing the overall management skills of nurses.

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