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Table 1 Expected output from Nursing and Midwifery Training Colleges, 2017—2020

From: The imperative of evidence-based health workforce planning and implementation: lessons from nurses and midwives unemployment crisis in Ghana

Duration of trainingCategory of traineesNumber to be ready for employmentCost estimates (in million Ghana cedis)—additional wage billCost estimates (in million US dollars)—additional wage bill
201720182019202020172018201920202017201820192020
2-year programmesCommunity health nursing3 9224 218N/AN/A437.7470.6N/AN/A84.290.5N/AN/A
Enrolled nursing6 1426 426N/AN/A685.3717.0N/AN/A131.8137.9N/AN/A
Post-basic midwifery765854N/AN/A132.3147.8N/AN/A25.428.4N/AN/A
3- or 4-year programmesRegistered community health nursing3849221,29064366.4159.4223.2111.312.830.742.921.4
Registered general nursing3 6306 4276 4125 627627.81 111.71 109.0973.3120.7213.8213.3187.2
Registered mental health nursing3513881 8811 92460.767.1325.3332.811.712.962.664.0
Registered midwifery1 5982 7623 1393 007276.3477.8543.0520.153.191.9104.4100.0
Total 16 79221 99712 72211 2012 286.53 151.42 200.51 937.4439.7606.0423.2372.6
  1. Source: presentation to the Health Sector Working Group of the MOH—June 2017; data on expected graduates taken from the Nursing and Midwifery Council and salary data taken from MOH. Notes: (1) the numbers relate to the expected outputs only and do not account for existing trained but unemployed nurses/midwives; (2) estimates are based on 80% pass rate from the NMC; (3) N/A is indicated for 2-year programmes against 2019 and 2020 because admissions were yet to be done at the time of the analysis; (4) estimates for 2019 and 2020 are lower than previous years because of admissions into the 2-year programmes had not been done and, thus, not taken into consideration; (5) an exchange rate of US$ 1 to GH¢ 5.2 used based on the average exchange rate for the first quarter of 2019. The costs are adjusted for inflation assumed at the rate of 10% based on the trend of recent years.