WHO Collaborating Centre for Educating Nurses and Midwives in Community Problem-Solving


Ntombifikile Mtshali
Gugu Mchunu


Busisiwe Ncama
Petra Brysiewicz


Collaborate with WHO to document and share best practices & successful stories in use of innovative approaches for educating nurses and midwives in the African Region.

Collaborate with WHO in promoting community involvement through use of innovative nursing and midwifery evidence – based approaches (including problem solving).

Collaborate with WHO in Promoting collaborative nursing and midwifery research in community based education in the African Region.

Collaborate with WHO in working with communities to identify and solve priority health problems particularly maternal & child health, malaria, HIV/AIDS and mental health within their communities through use of problem – solving approach.


University of KwaZulu-Natal WHOCC Faculty in a curriculum review workshop

As part of strengthen nursing and midwifery workforce in the African Region, the WHOCC is involved in building the capacity of nursing and midwifery educators in developing competency-based curricula or in adapting WHO Afro Region Prototype Competency-based Curricula. The National University of Lesotho supported by our WHOCC has submitted successfully their competency-based curriculum to the Lesotho Council of Higher Education and Lesotho Nursing Council. The first cohort of 25 students was accepted to the programme this year. The WHOCC has also provided technical support to the National Health Training College in developing competency-based postgraduate programmes; the Advanced Midwifery and Neonatal Nursing; as well as Public Health Nursing. These programmes are ready for submission for accreditation by the regulatory bodies in the Lesotho. The WHOCC is also supporting the KwaZulu-Natal College of Nursing in developing six competency-based postgraduate curricula, which are aligned to the competency-framework produced regulatory body.  

The WHOCC collaborated with the International Council of Nurses on the ICN TB/MDR-TB Project, aimed at building the research capacity of nurses in this field. In February 2019, the WHOCC hosted a week-long workshop in Durban; South Africa, which was attended by nurses from eight countries; Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, and Zambia.  

The WHOCC in collaboration with the Department of Health and John Hopkins University is running an MDR-TB Management and has trained 300 professional nurses in the KwaZulu-Natal Province.

The WHOCC is also providing technical support to the office of the Government Chief Nursing and Officer in reviewing the current National Strategic Plan for Nursing Education, Training and Practice.

    • Ngoma-Hazemba, A., & Ncama, B. P. (2018). The role of community volunteers in PMTCT programme: Lessons from selected sites in Zambia to strengthen health education on infant feeding and follow-up of HIV-positive mother-infant pair. African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine, 10(1), 1-8. 
    • Mukamana, D., Brysiewicz, P., Collins, A., & Rosa, W. (2018). Recovery from Genocide Rape Trauma: An Integrated Theoretical Framework for Supporting Survivors. Advances in Nursing Science, 4(1), 41-56. 
    • Baloyi, O. B., & Mtshali, N. G. (2018b). Developing clinical reasoning skills in an undergraduate midwifery program: A grounded theory inquiry. International Journal of Africa Nursing Sciences, 8, 98-106. 
    • Emmamally, W., & Brysiewicz, P. (2018). Family-centred practices of healthcare professionals in three emergency departments in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Southern African Journal of Critical Care, 34(2), 38-43. 
    • Barnes, R., Clarke, D., Farina, Z., Sartorius, B., Brysiewicz, P., Laing, G., Bruce, J., & Kong, V. (2018). Vital sign based shock scores are poor at triaging South African trauma patients. The American Journal of Surgery, 216(2), 235-239
    • Onyenwenyi, A., & Mchunu, G. (2018). Barriers to cervical cancer screening uptake among rural women in South West Nigeria: A qualitative study. South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 24(1), 19-23. 
    • Bvumbwe, T., & Mtshali, N. G. (2018). Nursing education challenges and solutions in Sub Saharan Africa: an integrative review. BMC nursing, 17(1), 3. doi:
    • Wentzel, D., & Brysiewicz, P. (2018). A survey of compassion satisfaction, burnout and compassion fatigue in nurses practicing in three oncology departments in Durban, South Africa. International Journal of Africa Nursing Sciences, 8, 82-86. 
    • Bvumbwe, T., & Mtshali, N. (2018a). Transition-to-practice guidelines: Enhancing the quality of nursing education. African Journal of Health Professions Education, 10(1), 66
    • Dayananda, K., Kong, V., Bruce, J., Oosthuizen, G., Laing, G., Brysiewicz, P., & Clarke, D. (2018). A selective non-operative approach to thoracic stab wounds is safe and cost effective – a South African experience. The Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England, 100(8), 641-649. 
    • Hosted an International Council of Nurses: TB/MDR-TB Project Workshop for nurses from 8 countries in Africa
    • 20th Celebration of existences as a WHOCC
    • Forum of University Dean’s of Nursing conference 

The WHO is involved in an International, Multisite Study conducted in Intensive Care Units in ten countries; Australia, Austria, England, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Switzerland and the United States of America. This study is conducted by a research cluster group of the International Family Nursing Association. Attached to this project are 3 masters, 1 PhD and 1 postdoc students working on research projects within the area of family-centered/family-focused care, being supervised by Prof Brysiewicz, who is serving as a co-chair of this research group.

The WHOCC is involved in a project titled Developing Research Innovation, Localization and Leadership (DRILL) Project, which is funded through the NIH Fogarty grant. The DRILL project aims to capacitate, train and produce, over five years, twenty world-class health researchers to lead socially valuable, locally relevant and culturally sensitive research programs around health challenges in South Africa. The grant is currently mid-way. The project has 20 fellows.