THE NATIONAL TRAINING COURSE OFFERED AT HEALTH TRAINING CENTRES IN KEETMANSHOOP, RUNDU AND WINDHOEK.
The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) regards training as one of the most important tool for health and social development. In 2014, the Registered Nurses Diploma Training Projects centres (Windhoek Health Training Centre, Rundu Regional Health Training Centre and Keetmanshoop Regional Health Training Centre) became functional by enrolling their first student intake. As part of the programme, every centre will register 90 students per year to be trained in General Nursing and Midwifery Science.
The Registered Nurses Diploma Training programme will run for six years, and it is aimed at addressing the current shortage of registered nurses and midwives in the country. The project will change the face of nursing in the country. Apart from the success of reducing HIV-AIDS deaths, this project is another significant milestone for the ministry and Government. The programme only admits students who are not already working as nurses in an effort to give those who complete school a chance to gain training and employment.
To ensure that government does not train people only for them to move to the private sector, all students enrolled for the programme will sign a contract stating that they will work for Government for three years before they are free to move elsewhere. The students enrolled with the training will receive free accommodation, transport, uniforms, training material, and an unspecified stipend every month.
The Training Centres operate under the MoHSS complying with its policies, guidelines and strategies. The MoHSS establishes the priority training needs and evaluates the impact of training.