Sigma announces Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy-Africa participants

Premier Nurse Leadership Academy Made Possible Through Sigma's Long-Standing Partnership with Johnson & Johnson Global Community Impact

INDIANAPOLIS — Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is pleased to announce the participants in the 2018-2019 cohort of the Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy-Africa (MCHNLA Africa). Nurses and midwives in the cohort represent the countries of Ghana, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, and Uganda, and will participate in the MCHNLA Africa, which begins in April 2018.

About the Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy
Since its inception in 2004, Sigma’s Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson Global Community Impact, has prepared more than 150 nurses and midwives who lead healthcare teams toward improving maternal-child health in communities across Canada, the United States, and Africa. Through leadership lessons, self-assessment, interdisciplinary team development, and project management, the 18-month mentored leadership development program challenges nurses to implement change within their organizations.

Partnered with a nurse mentor, mentees are led through a curriculum designed to develop leadership in action through projects that improve the overall health of mothers, babies, and children up to age 5. Goals include:

  • Influencing maternal-child healthcare practices within varied settings, serving hundreds to tens of thousands of mothers and children
  • Improving maternal-child health mortality and morbidity rates through nursing leadership
  • Growing and empowering nurses for leadership in prenatal care for rural clinics
  • Benefiting facilities through the retention of experienced nurses and midwives

 “These new participants in the Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy-Africa have the ability to change the course of healthcare in Africa,” said Sigma President Beth Baldwin Tigges, PhD, RN, PNP, BC. “Sigma is grateful to Johnson & Johnson Global Community Impact for their investment in these nurse and midwife leaders, and the improvements they will bring to mothers and children in Africa.”



Margaret Adokorach (Uganda)
Eugenia Doku (Ghana)
Sanele Gambu (South Africa)
Siphiwe Ginindza (Swaziland)
Patricia Khisi (Malawi)
Gcinile Kunene (Swaziland)
Tabitha Mikeka (Malawi)
Maurine Musie (South Africa)
Lovisa Naisu (Uganda)
Nelly Nefale (South Africa)
Lydia Owusu (Ghana)
Klarissa Nel Troskie (South Africa)

Beatrice Amuge (Uganda)
Lorraine Arko (Ghana)
Colile Dlamini (Swaziland)
Cebsile Dlamini (Swaziland)
Christél Jordaan (South Africa)
Issac Mphande (Malawi)
Tom Ngabirano (Uganda)
Seipati Padi (South Africa)
Mariana Scheepers (South Africa)
Edith Tewesa (Malawi)
Wanda van der Merwe (South Africa)
Amina Vida Yakubu (Ghana)


Lead Faculty:
Carin Maree
, PhD, M Cur, RN, RM
Department of Nursing Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Christa van der Walt, PhD, MCur, MEd, RN, RM, RCN, RNA, RNE

Ellen Chirwa

KamuzU College of Nursing, Malawi

Oslinah Tagutanazvo, MSc, BACur, RGN, SCM
University of Swaziland

Scovia Mbalinda Nalugo
Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Uganda

Dr. Mary Ani-Amponsah
Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives

Leadership Consultant:
Hester C. Klopper
Stellenbosch University

For more than 90 years, Sigma has honored the best and brightest women and men in nursing. The honor society provides its members with exclusive programs, resources, and opportunities, including international leadership academies such as the Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy-Africa.

About Sigma
The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, Sigma has more than 135,000 active members in over 90 countries and territories. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others. Sigma’s more than 530 chapters are located at more than 700 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. Learn more at