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The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, Announces 2016-2017 Participants in the Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy - Africa

Premier nurse leadership academy made possible through STTI’s long-standing partnership with Johnson & Johnson

INDIANAPOLIS — The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) today announced the participants in the 2016-2017 cohort of the Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy - Africa. Nurses and midwives in the cohort represent the countries of Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, and Uganda, and will participate in the Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy - Africa, which begins this month.

About the Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy
Since its inception in 2004, STTI’s Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson, has prepared more than 100 nurses and midwives who lead health care 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 health care 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

"It is unacceptable that, given all the advances in modern medicine, women and girls—particularly those in economically disadvantaged areas—die in pregnancy or childbirth worldwide every day. Nurse leaders are changing this situation by providing quality clinical care and guiding improvements in the health care system.  STTI's Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy - Africa is aligned with Johnson & Johnson's heritage of improving the health of mothers and babies, and supporting the health workers who care for them," said Conrad Person, Johnson & Johnson Executive Director, Worldwide Corporate Contributions.

“These new participants in the Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy-Africa have the ability to change the course of healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa,” said STTI President Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN. “STTI is grateful to Johnson & Johnson Corporate Contributions for their investment in these nurse and midwife leaders, and the improvements they will bring to mothers and children in Africa.”


2016-2017 Cohort Participants

Edith Tewesa
Ministry of Health Malawi

Mwasiwa Phuziwa
Chikwawa Department of Health, Malawi

Jeunesse Tamara Chinnasamy
University of South Africa

Brassby T. Keswa
South Africa

Tanya Coertze
University of Pretoria, South Africa

Anke Greyling-Halvorsen
Steve Biko Academic Hospital, South Africa

Molepo Malatji
Lifeline Health Care, South Africa

Christél Jordaan
South Africa

Ncamiso Patrick Shabangu

Mandlenkhosi Vilakati
Nhlangano Correctional Centre, Swaziland

Mary Grace Akao
Makerere University, Uganda

Alice Collette Alum
Mulago National Referral Hospital, Uganda

Esnath Kapito
KamuzU College of Nursing, Malawi

Tiwonge Nyirongo
KamuzU College of Nursing, Malawi

Mpume Xaba
Durban University of Technology, South Africa

Sbongile Zondi
KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health, South Africa

Carlien van Heerden
University of Pretoria, South Africa

Anna Shokane
Lebowakgomo Hospital, University of Limpopo, South Africa

Naomi Hattingh
Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Joanita deKock
Independent Midwife, South Africa

Dr. Colile Pertunia Dlamini
University of Swaziland

Sakhile KS Masuku, MS, BSN, RN, RM
University of Swaziland

Elizabeth Ayebare, PhD, MSN, BSN
Department of Nursing, Makerere University, Uganda

Oliver Norah Nabacwa, BSN, RM
Mulago Hospital, Kampala


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

Ellen Chirwa
KamuzU College of Nursing, Malawi

Carol Adams
Durban University of Technology, South Africa

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

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

Scovia Mbalinda Nalugo
Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Uganda

Leadership Consultant:
Hester C. Klopper, PhD, MBA, RN, RM, FANSA, FAAN

For more than 90 years, STTI 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.