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ARC of progress: Nurses take charge in sub-Saharan Africa

Through ARC, nursing leaders such as Glory Msibi of Swaziland are learning and sharing methods to overcome issues in practice and education.

A little money can go a long way in the right hands. In this case, those hands belong to nursing and midwifery leaders in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Lillian Carter Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility is part of an innovative program aimed at improving health care in 14 African countries by working directly with nursing leaders to improve professional regulation and education.

“We are working at a regional level with country teams to help ensure that the nursing and midwifery standards of practice for each country are aligned with global standards, that regulatory frameworks reflect current practice and education, and that issues such as task shifting and continuing professional development are addressed,” says Maureen Kelley, Independence Chair of Nursing and project leader in Emory’s nursing school.

The African Health Profession Regulatory Collaborative for Nurses and Midwives (ARC) is a four-year project with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); the East, Central, and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC); and the Commonwealth Secretariat, a voluntary association of 54 countries that work together toward shared goals.

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