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Table 2 Reported children’s nursing workforce capacity (2015) relative to child population

From: The children’s nursing workforce in Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, South Africa and Zambia: generating an initial indication of the extent of the workforce and training activity

  Kenya Malawi South Africa Uganda Zambia Total
Children 0–15 years (% of total population)a 19.3 m (40.89%) 7.7 m (44.27%) 15.9 m (29.18%) 18.7 m (47.99%) 7.4 m (45.09%)  
Children’s nurses reported in practiceb (as % of total registered nurses)c,d 70 (0.09%) 92 (1.9%) 3115ii (1.08%) 261 (1.58%) 105 (0.9%) 3728
Children’s nurses produced by training (2015)b 22 27 191a* 0 32 272
Institutions training children’s nursesb 1 1 7* 0 1 10
Programmes offeredb 2 2 11* 0 1 16
  1. Sources:
  2. a[31]
  3. bOriginal data plus record of the Child Nursing Educator Forum Nov. 2017* and data from a postgraduate study (Chukwu, 2017)
  4. c[32]
  5. dAnnual circulars produced by the South African Nursing Council relating to Additional Qualifications on the Register between 2010 and 2016
  6. Notes: iIt was subsequently confirmed that post-basic education leading to a registerable qualification in paediatric nursing is also offered by one further institution, although the relevant programmes were not offered during the period of data collection
  7. iiSouth Africa was the only country for which information relating to the numbers of children’s nurses on the register was available through published information in the public domain