Daeyang Nursing College, Lilongwe, Malawi
The density of nurses and midwives in Malawi is a mere 0.589 per 1,000 people, and no doubt this low number plays some part in Malawi's high maternal mortality rate (1,100 deaths per 100,000 live births) and infant mortality rate (26 deaths per 1,000). In order to address these health statistics and several others, the Daeyang Nursing College is transitioning from a vocational program to a 4-year baccalaureate program.
The Daeyang Nursing College is located outside of Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi, and opened as a diploma nursing school in October 2010. Currently the school has 30 students and 6 faculty members, and in order to educate bachelor's-prepared nurses, the college is in great need of educational materials.
What Daeyang Nursing College Needs
1) Teaching aids such as videos and software
2) Computer hardware and accessories, including USB drives and laptops
3) Up-to-date nursing textbooks
4) Novels for enjoyable reading
Many of these materials can be purchased in Malawi, so NSGH will be raising funds to support the acquisition of educational materials, but we will also be sending some materials collected at Penn. Please check your personal libraries and determine what you are able to donate and if it is relevant to the Daeyang Nursing College. It's a great alternative to selling back your textbooks! Any books that are not relevant for use at Daeyang Nursing College will be sold to raise funds for the cause. Anything you give will contribute. A collection box is located in the Fagin Hall mezzanine near the purple couches.
How did NSGH hear about Daeyang Nursing College?
A former Penn faculty member is working with Daeyang Nursing College to transition the program to generate bachelor's-prepared nurses. The Global Health Affairs Office in the SON was contacted, and NSGH got on board.