General Nursing

General Nursing

The general nursing program at ICAP increased nursing and midwifery capacity to provide HIV and primary care services. ICAP collaborated with ministries of health and other stakeholders including nursing councils and training institutions with support from PEPFAR through HRSA and the CDC.

ICAP supported programs in Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, and Swaziland to develop interventions and strategies based on demonstrated needs.

  • Developing and enhancing national nursing strategies
    • Gap analysis conducted to inform development of a National Nursing Strategy in Rwanda
  • Increasing nurse capacity at the pre-service and in-service level
    • National pre-service HIV curriculum developed and implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Health in Swaziland
    • “Campus To Clinic” curriculum developed to prepare graduating nurses for provision of HIV care and treatment and implemented in two provinces in South Africa
    • Nurses trained in clinical mentorship, hospital nursing care standards, and PMTCT in Ethiopia
    • Nursing Processes Initiative to expand the role of clinical nurses within the interdisciplinary team implemented under the Chief Nursing Officer in Kenya
  • Improving nurse retention
    • Wellness center for nurses strengthened in Swaziland through mentorship in clinical skills and implementation of a database to capture and analyze wellness center use
  • Establishing and strengthening regulatory councils
    • Nursing and midwifery associations supported to promote a platform for the establishment of nursing regulatory bodies in Ethiopia
  • Supporting nursing leadership at policy level
    • Regional consultation of Chief Nursing Officers from five countries convened to strengthen the role of nursing within Ministries of Health
  • Promoting quality and quality improvement


GNCBP was led by ICAP at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Funding for GNCBP was provided by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Collaborators included: CapacityPlus; Columbia University School of Nursing; International Council of Nurses (ICN); Forum of University Deans in South Africa (FUNDISA); Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI); East, Central, and Southern African College of Nursing (ECSACON); WHO-AFRO; and the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI).