Improving Neonatal Care in Gaza

Solveig Øiestad

28 oktober 2019

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Improving Neonatal care in Gaza

Improving Neonatal care in Gaza

NORWAC started a new project in Gaza in May 2019.

The overall goal of the project is to increase the compentence of nursing in Gaza. Twenty-five students have been recruited representing most of the hospitals in Gaza.

The reason for the project

Nurses constitute around 60% of the MoH workforce and are important for improvement of quality and indicators of health care services in Gaza.  The competency of neonatal nurses in Gaza needs to

be enhanced and specialized to integrate all technical, professional and management skills to deliver high quality care. This new program is part of MoH strategy towards continuous professional development of their employees.  The aim of this project is to prepare competent practitioners, who are able to contribute to neonatal care standards and improve neonatal health indicators. The intended qualification from this program is to achieve a professional Diploma in Neonatal Nursing (post-graduate level). On successful completion, students will have achieved the essential competencies for four basic Neonatal nursing practices according to National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN), American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP), International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and World Health Organization (WHO) standards.


NORWAC will through Palestine College of Nursing (PCN) implement the following:


NORWAC will support:

  • The development of a 12-month curriculum program for neo-natal nursing on a postgraduate level.
  • The recruitment of teachers and students for the programme.
  • A 12-month education in neonatal nursing resulting in the graduation of 25 MoH nurses who have passed the professional diploma in Neonatal nursing.