Discussion underway for accreditation of nursing and midwifery training schools

Ei Thinzar Kyaw

The Ministry of Health and Sports is holding a discussion with the Nursing and Midwifery Council for the accreditation of government and private nursing and midwifery training schools in Myanmar.

The discussion includes the selection of 11 out of 15 central executive members of Myanmar Nursing and Midwifery Council, which was assigned duties on August 13 this year, future plans to be carried in four years, the accreditation of private and government nursing and midwifery schools, issuance and renewal of nursing/midwifery licences and considering of credit points in renewing those licences.

Beginning this year, the ministry has doubled the number of trainees for nursing courses as public hospitals face severe shortages of nurses.

The Ministry of Health and Sports is taking all necessary measures to public healthcare, treatment and nursing skills of nurses and midwives and develop human resources in the sector. Previously, about 1,800 people were given nursing training yearly. But the number has increased to 3,600 this year. Moreover, school curriculums and syllabuses have been changed to meet international standards.

As 70 percent of Myanmar's population lives in rural areas, measures are being taken to improve the skills of midwives shouldering duties in far-away areas. Discussion is also underway to provide science bachelor's degrees to nurses and midwives, to send them abroad for further study and study visit under cooperation programme of the World Health Organisation, to offer suitable positions to them and to provide bachelor's degrees in respective branches of study.

Currently, two universities of nursing and 50 nursing and midwifery training schools are turning out nurses and midwives. So far, 35,000 nurses and 37,000 midwives have been trained, while over 9,000 trainees are attending those universities and schools.