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CNA plays an active role in research that contributes to the advancement of nursing, health and health systems knowledge.

Teasdale Corti Program of Research and Policy Capacity Building (2007-2012)

Strengthening Nurses' Capacity in HIV Policy Development in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean


Background:
Health systems are being devastated by HIV/ AIDS across sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean ─ the two most affected regions in the world.  Governments respond with international policy commitments, national strategies and action plans, while researchers contribute scientific evidence. Health workers, particularly nurses who make up over half of the global health workforce, have not been actively involved at the policy level.

Program: A multi-disciplinary team of over 20 researchers and research users from Canada, Barbados, Jamaica, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda initiated a five-year program of work (2007-2012) to build capacity for collaborative action and research-to-policy linkages that consider locally defined health priorities and inequities. CNA plays an active role in this program as a member of the executive team and co-lead of the research project, with a focus on forming leadership hubs.

Goals: To improve the quality of nursing care for HIV/AIDS patients, support innovative HIV/AIDS programs and practices, and engage researchers and research users in developing policy.

The research and capacity-building program provides a critical platform for developing research and leadership capacity among nurses and midwives. Four projects comprise this program:

  1. nursing practice in HIV prevention and AIDS care;
  2. interface among health system priorities, capacity-building and policy innovations;
  3. collaboration among front-line nurses and managers, researchers, decision-makers and community representatives to strengthen health-care systems for HIV/AIDS; and
  4. international comparisons evaluating the engagement process and its impact on strengthening health-care systems.