Global Nurse Capacity Building Program
In 2009, ICAP began implementation of the Global Nurse Capacity Building Program (GNCBP), which aims to improve population health by fostering individuals, institutions, and networks to expand, enhance, and sustain the nursing and midwifery workforce by achieving 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 human resource for health models and practices that are generalizable for national scale-up of nursing and midwifery education
- Build local and regional partnerships to provide technical and capacity building support for nursing and midwifery policy, regulatory and faculty development, curricula reform, continuing professional development and retention, and high impact nursing leadership
The GNCBP consists of two subprojects, Nursing Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI) and General Nursing (GN).
GNCBP is led by ICAP at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Funding for GNCBP is provided by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Collaborators include: CapacityPlus; Columbia University School of Nursing; International Council of Nurses (ICN); Forum of University Deans in South Africa (FUNDISA); Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI); East, Central, and Southern African College of Nursing (ECSACON); WHO-AFRO; and the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI).