The current cohort of MCHNLA Africa began in April 2018. We anticipate opening applications for the next cohort in the third quarter of 2019. If you would like to receive a notification when we begin taking applications, please complete the ILI Academies Interest Form

Academy Purpose and Overview

In cooperation with our funding partners Johnson & Johnson, the Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy Africa (MCHNLA Africa) develops the leadership skills of maternal and child health nurses and midwives who work in a variety of healthcare settings. The academy prepares these nurses for effective interprofessional team leadership as they strive to improve the quality of healthcare for childbearing women and children up to 5 years old.  
Maternal Child Health Africa 

The leadership skills component of the academy is based on the research and teachings of Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, as described in The Leadership Challenge®. Their model proposes that leadership is a measurable, learnable, and teachable set of behaviors. The academy believes that these behaviors are learned best when applied to realistic settings. The academy is designed to operationalize these learned behaviors by assisting and supporting the Mentee in developing and implementing an interdisciplinary team project.
Nurses and midwives accepted into the program will:
  • Be paired with a Leadership Mentor who will guide them through their leadership development over the 18-month period.
  • Attend two intensive workshops with their chosen Leadership Mentor.
  • Design an individualized leadership development plan with guidance from their Leadership Mentor and Faculty Advisor (assigned by Sigma).
  • In collaboration with Leadership Mentor and assigned Faculty Advisor, implement and manage an interdisciplinary team leadership project that results in practice outcomes.
  • Facilitate two site visits with the triad.
  • Deliver a poster presentation and attend academy celebration activities at Africa Consortium Convention.  


Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the 18-month academy, Mentees will have the skills to:
  • Improve maternal-child health outcomes through leadership skills and evidence-based practice.
  • Introduce improvements in health systems or models of care.
  • Create and effectively lead an interdisciplinary team to improve maternal-child health practice outcomes.
  • Contribute to the field through project evaluation, communication, and dissemination of results.    

Presented in partnership with

Johnson & Johnson Foundation 

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