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Rodgers Gift Benkele graduated from the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative in 2015 – a University of Cape Town programme supported by the Trust – and is now the Acting Principal Lecturer at Lusaka College of Nursing in Zambia. He has successfully led the introduction of

developmentally supportive care – a form of care the supports positive growth and development in babies – as part of his continuing post graduate studies at Masters level in Malawi and in his home country of Zambia. In Malawi, nesting (a way of positioning an infant to make them feel secure,

improve their breathing and strengthen their muscles) has been introduced into the neonatal Intensive Care Unit (ICU), which cares for 100 newborn babies at a time. In Zambia, Rodgers introduced nesting to the 60-bed neonatal ICU and the 10-bed Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) ward. He was inspired by his time at Red Cross Children’s Hospital to lead a change in Africa.


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