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Recent Programs: SNNNAP

Strengthening Nurses, Nursing Networks and Associations Program(SNNNAP) (2007-2012)

The SNNNAP Program

Through SNNNAP, CNA provided direct funding to nursing association partners in seven countries across the globe and one network of 15 national nursing associations in the southern African region. The funding, which was provided through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), along with the technical assistance of Canadian nurses, helped the associations plan and carry out activities that strengthened each association’s contribution to improving its country’s health systems.

SNNNAP built the organizational management, administrative and governance capacity of nursing associations to:

  • strengthen health policy and health systems;
  • regulate the profession to improve nursing practice and care; and
  • increase the leadership capacity of nurses to contribute to the health system and overall health of the population.

Role of Canadian Nurses

Canadian nurses and jurisdictional partners with the necessary skills and experience were matched with CNA’s international partners to deliver technical assistance and work together on issues related to:

  • health policy advocacy;
  • health human resources;
  • nursing regulation and practice
  • nursing education and continuing competencies; and
  • leadership and organizational governance.


In this phase of it’s global partnership programming, CNA worked with national nursing associations in Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Senegal, Vietnam and a network representing 15 NNA’s in the southern African region.

SNNNAP concluded on March 31, 2012, when funding from CIDA ended.