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for celebrating this day while helping nurses around the world
heal, lead, and learn.
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Improving Maternal-Child Health in Africa
by Christa Van Der Walt, Virginia Henderson Fellow and MCHNLA Africa Faculty Leader

The sub-Saharan African countries suffer from the highest maternal, neonatal, and child mortality rates in the world. The Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy (MCHNLA) Africa was created to combat this problem and transform the health of mothers, babies, and children under the age of 5.

The first Africa MCHNLA cohort, in 2014-2015 • with participation from Malawi, Uganda, Swaziland, and South Africa • conducted its second workshop and is now close to completion. This very talented and enthusiastic group of young emerging leaders either introduced or strengthened evidence-based initiatives in relation to areas of concern in their countries. Their projects truly impact the lives and health of mothers, babies, and under-5 children as well as members of the health teams, families, and local communities.

Participants will disseminate their project findings and share their leadership journeys at the annual Tau Lambda-at-Large Chapter Conference this August in Johannesburg, South Africa.
… and the drums will sound again as we celebrate the success of these young leaders
in improving the quality of care rendered to mothers, babies, and under-5 children of Africa ...
You can read Christa’s full story online.

Research Grants Improving Health Around the World

The 2014-2015 research grant cycle concludes 30 June. Your gifts to research made it possible to award grants to novice and seasoned nurse researchers from eight countries — Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, and the U.S. — this fiscal year. These nurses are conducting research on a wide array of health issues, including obesity, neonatal care, and workplace integration.
One of the studies funded this fiscal year will be led by Siu Yin Ching of Hong Kong. Siu Yin’s study focuses on building resiliency in the nursing workforce. You can read more about Siu Yin and other studies online.

Phi Psi Chapter Supports Nursing Research

Phi Psi Chapter, chartered in March 2013 at Appalachian State University, USA, began the process to become an Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) chapter in 2010, when the school’s new nursing program was launched. Phi Psi Chapter is excited about nursing research, and in addition to supporting research grants through the Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing, it awarded its first research grant this year within the chapter.
“We graduated our first cohort of BSN students in 2012 and will launch a new MSN program in 2015. We are working hard to build the research base and reputation of our school and proud to have faculty members engaged in interesting research and students bound for graduate study.”

— Linda Johanson
Phi Psi Chapter President
We are proud to recognize Phi Psi Chapter as a part of the 2014-2015 Chapter Giving Club. We thank that group and the other chapters that are giving back to nursing in this way.

An Honor to Join and a Benefit to Belong

This year, more than 37,000 nursing students from universities and colleges around the world have been welcomed into STTI. For more than 100 of those students, this dream would not have been possible without you. Your donations to Leadership made it possible for members like Brianna to receive the help she needed to pay her membership dues and accept her invitation to join Rho Chapter at the University of Michigan.
“I would like to thank all of the donors who made it possible for me to receive an Edith Anderson Membership Subsidy. Due to the subsidy I am able to be part of an amazing network of nurses who strive in leadership, excellence, and service. Thank you again to everyone who helped me become a member of STTI; it is a true privilege.”
— Brianna, 2015 Inductee
and Edith Anderson Membership Subsidy Recipient


First GAPFON Regional Meeting Kicks Off 15 June in Seoul, South Korea

STTI is spearheading a new initiative to advance nursing’s global voice and vision. The Global Panel on the Future of Nursing (GAPFON) comprises expert nurse leaders from each world region. Meetings are being convened in each region and will bring together a variety of disciplines including ministers of health; economists; representatives from key nursing associations, educational institutions, regulatory bodies, and health industries; and other governmental/political leaders who are influential in global health. This group was created to determine strategic plans of actions needed to improve global health, with measurable outcomes. Three meetings are scheduled in 2015.
This important work would be impossible without support from our GAPFON sponsors: Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Pfizer, and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
Every Member Around the World Campaign
progress toward US $4 million