International Research and Projects
School of Nursing faculty participate in international projects involving nearly all sub Saharan African countries. These projects are involved primarily in improving the health workforce and in maternal and child health.
The global shortage of healthcare workers, particularly nurses, requires that nations efficiently and effectively manage their health workforce. However, one of the major problems that developing countries face in assessing workforce capacity is the lack of electronic database systems that can be analyzed for monitoring and staffing needs. To address this problem, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is partnering with Emory University SON to assist countries in developing human resource information systems (HRIS). Currently, Emory and CDC have projects ongoing in Kenya and Zambia. Click to learn more.
More than 60 million women give birth at home without skilled care every year, attended by family members, neighbors, traditional birth attendants or no one. More than 500,000 women die from pregnancy-related complications, mostly within the first 24 hours of birth. To address these problems, The Research on Maternal and Newborn Survival was established in 2005 through a grant from the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) of Emory University. The Center's primary goal is to contribute to the global effort to reduce the tragic high levels of maternal and newborn mortality in the developing regions of the world through a focused program of research. Click to learn more.
Clinical Associate Professor
The African Health Professions Regional Collaborative for Nurses and Midwives (ARC) works across 18 countries in sub-Saharan Africa to facilitate nurse- and midwife-led HIV care for pregnant women and children; improve the quality of nursing practice at select health facilities; and enhance national nursing policy and regulation. ARC is funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and implemented by Emory University School of Nursing in partnership with the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation, and the East, Central and Southern Africa College of Nursing (ECSACON).
ARC convenes regional meetings with nursing leaders, awards grants to improve services at high-volume HIV sites, and provides targeted technical assistance. Each year, ARC awards grants to country teams of nurse leaders to work on an identified national priority that will enhance nurses' and midwives' role in the delivery of quality clinical HIV care. ARC aims to stimulate innovative projects that can be scaled and sustained nationally over time. Learn more »
Ken Hepburn, PhD
Principal Investigator, African Regional Collaborative
Muadi Mukenge, MA
Project Director, African Regional Collaborative