MSU Working to Improve Healthcare in Africa
Sharing Practice And Research Expertise With Our Global Neighbors In Malawi
Malawi, like much of sub-Saharan Africa, carries a heavy burden of poverty and disease. The high incidence of malaria affects nurses at the same rate as the general population, and HIV/AIDS places nurses at additional risk, given the lack of universal precautions and lack of access, for example, to protective gloves and appropriate sharps containers.
In September 2013, a General Agreement for Academic Cooperation between Michigan State University and the University of Malawi Kamuzu College of Nursing was signed, marking the beginning of a collaborative exchange of faculty, students, educational resources, and research. The University of Malawi will use some of MSU’s questionnaires to assess local nurses’ knowledge of universal precautions, availability and use of protective apparel, HIV stigma, general health, violence in the workplace, and workplace conditions that lead to higher risk for transmission of blood-borne diseases.
Providing The Holistic Nursing Perspective In Tanzania
MSU Partnerships for Sustainable Community Development formed the Tanzania Partnership Program (TPP) to address problems and act as a catalyst for enduring change. Tanzanians experience a high incidence of poverty, zoonotic and human diseases (especially malaria and HIV/AIDS), childhood malnutrition and maternal mortality, as well as poor access to healthcare.
Together with a team of Tanzanian officials and evaluators, MSU partners observed the first comprehensive health screening of 827 school children in Milola in October 2013. The TPP group appropriated funds to better understand not only school age children’s health, but also the health of the wider community. After three years of planning, mobilizing, and training, the pilot assessments were conducted and will provide baseline health information and insights into needed interventions.
For information on nursing experiences in Africa, contact the Academic and Clinical Affairs office at (517) 432-1172.