Nurse Sophie Nsibande checking the Child Diabetes Register being used in a new child-screening health project with the Swazi government. As a result of her training in REPSSI’s Certificate Course, she has helped transform the approach of the national Non-Communicable Diseases programme to better focus on children © REPSSI 2012.
Children can sometimes be overlooked in government health services, particularly in health programmes that focus on services more typically associated with adults.
A new qualification, designed for people working directly with children, is demonstrating the value of building child-sensitive skills across all government sectors, including health. The Certificate Course in Community Based Work With Children and Youth has been enthusiastically adopted by the Swazi government, with students on the course being drawn from state education, health and social services.
An example is Nurse Sophie Nsibande, who is working on community outreach within the Swazi Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Programme.