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Nursing students from Genk and Francistown learn from one another

Hanne Albers & Karlien Gorissen - VVSG
16 February 2018

In its city-to-city twinning with Francistownin Botswana, Genk focuses on healthcare, in which the support of nursing courses is key. Since 2008 the Nurse Training College at Regina Mundi in Genk and the Institute of Health Sciences in Francistown have worked together. They exchange curriculums, but the main activity is without a doubt the internships that are organized every year. A number of students from Genk work in the district hospitals and the Nyangabwe Referral Hospital in Francistown for four weeks. Due to the lack of doctors in Botswana a nurse’s job is very varied which means the students can learn a lot. And in turn the students from Francistown follow an internship at the Wit-Gele Kruis and the Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg.

The years of co-operation between the school in Genk and Francistown have resulted in a positive experience exchange on the level of the students and the school leading to a network of teachers. In addition, students from Genk and Francistown share their experiences during information sessions. The success of the co-operation has meant that in the future nursing students of the University Colleges Leuven Limburg (UCLL) will also go to Francistown for a three-month internship.

Botswana Health Education