Nurses and midwives are the main providers of healthcare in the countries where ICAP works: they provide upwards of 90 percent of health services and are the main point of access to the larger healthcare system for many people.
Nurses are the frontline defense against the leading causes of mortality in sub-Saharan Africa, which means they often shoulder responsibility for the survival of communities. Despite their crucial role in healthcare, many countries face a nursing shortage, contributing directly to poor health outcomes.
ICAP has supported the professional development of nurses and midwives in sub-Saharan Africa since 2006, including the Nurse Mentorship Training Program (NMTP) in Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. The program, eventually adopted in other countries, included a comprehensive curriculum to improve knowledge and skills nurses need to play a larger role in HIV care and created an effective, replicable model of nurse mentorship.
NMTP’s success was inspiration, and helped to establish a strong foundation for ICAP’s regional Nurse Capacity Building Program.
Recently Completed Projects
Global Nurse Capacity Building Program
The Global Nurse Capacity Building Program (GNCBP) was an ICAP initiative aimed at improving health in sub-Saharan African countries by fostering individuals, institutions, and networks to expand, enhance, and sustain the nursing and midwifery workforce.
This was accomplished with three objectives:
- Improve the quantity, quality, and relevance of nurses and midwives to address essential population-based health care needs, including HIV and other life threatening conditions.
- Identify, evaluate, and disseminate innovative models and practices for national scale up of nursing and midwifery education.
- Provide capacity-building support and build local and regional partnerships for nursing and midwifery policy, regulatory and faculty development, curricula reform, professional development and worker retention, and high impact nursing leadership.
GNCBP consisted of two subprojects: Nursing Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI) and General Nursing.