Academic nominated for prestigious midwifery award
21 December 2015
Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at Canterbury Christ Church University, Faith Kayembe, has been shortlisted as a finalist for the British Journal of Midwifery Practice Awards 2016 for her work promoting neonatal care in Zambia.
This summer, Faith received funding from the Brighton Lusaka Health Link (BLHL) charity, which has established links with the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia, to undertake a scoping exercise to inform the development of a neonatal course there. Faith provided theoretical and practical sessions in neonatal resuscitation to a cohort of paediatric nurses as a strategy to address the high neonatal mortality rates.
Faith said: “Whilst I was in Zambia, I was privileged to attend a meeting on newborn care and it was evident that the country demonstrates a strong commitment to improving the newborn experience. Christ Church has a track record of success in establishing similar projects in Vietnam and I am now looking at the possibility for collaborative working in this area, as well as unravelling opportunities for mutual benefit.
“I am thrilled to be nominated for this award and I look forward to working on similar projects in the future that enhance neonatal care around the world.”
The Promoting Neonatal Wellbeing Award recognises the commitment and dedication of those midwives who either practice in fetal medicine and screening units or provide care to newborn babies. The awards ceremony will take place on Monday 8th February at The Midland Hotel in Manchester.