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McGill Nurses for Highlands Hope

McGill Nurses for Highlands Hope receive funding from Grand Challenges Canada for their project 'Turning hope into action: Youth peer health education in rural Tanzania.' Full article in the McGill Reporter: McGill nurses turn hope into action.

McGill Nurses for Highlands Hope was established in 2006 to provide education and practice opportunities between McGill University's School of Nursing and Highlands Hope Umbrella, a nongovernment organization that brings together community, professional, and volunteer networks to address the challenge of HIV/AIDS and related social problems in the Njombe region of the Southern Highlands of Tanzania.

Nurse Neema using the Point-of-Care (PoC) CD4 Testing Program in rural Njombe, Tanzania. /photo M. Wilson

Program Objectives

  • Provide instrumental resources to support sustainable health promotion projects originating from the Highlands Hope Umbrella.
  • Provide educational and research opportunities for McGill University's School of Nursing students pursuing graduate studies in Global Health.

Madeleine Buck, George Menson Sanga and Jodi Tuck

Program Highlights

McGill Nurses for Highlands Hope has supported fellowships, scholarships, visiting scholars and student projects. It has also provided instrumental support so that nurses and community health workers have materials and increased skills to use in their daily work.

Visiting Scholars

George Menson Sanga, Education Consultant & Program Manager for the Youth Peer Health Education Program, Highlands Hope (2017)

Edmund Munubi, Manager at Tanganyika Wattle (TANWAT) Company Hospital (2012)

Bathseba Liduke, RN, and Evangelista Kayombo, RN, Tanganyika Wattle (TANWAT) Company Hospital (2009)

Student projects

Andra Leimanis - Factors influencing implementation of home based care in Tanganyika Wattle Company Hospital villages (2008).

Jacquie Bocking – Factors affecting adherence to antiretroviral therapy in Tanganyika Wattle Company Hospital HIV Clinical Treatment Centre (2008).

Amy Low – Exploring the needs of clients using community home-based care in Njombe, Tanzania (2009).

Veronique Fraser – They test with their eyes: Rapid appraisal of barriers and facilitators to voluntary counseling and testing in Njombe, Tanzania (2009).

Kristin Gagnon – A home care kit training intervention for Peer Health Educators delivering community home-based care in rural Njombe, Tanzania (2010).

Ryan Lomenda – Primary school students’ knowledge, attitudes and practice regarding HIV/AIDS in Njombe, Tanzania (2010).

Vesna Papuga - Breaking the silence of HIV/AIDS through peer health education of school aged children in Njombe, Tanzania (2011)

Joyce Ngabire - Sustainablility of peer health education in primary schools in a low-resourced setting - building on students' leadership skills (2012).

Maggie Wilson - Evaluating the implementation of Point-of-Care (PoC) CD4 Testing Program for the Monitoring and Management of HIV/AIDS in rural Njombe, Tanzania (2013).

Andrea Willett - Evaluating the sustainability of a Point-of-Care (PoC) CD4 Testing Program for the Monitoring and Management of HIV/AIDS in rural Njombe, Tanzania (2014).

Madeleine Buck, Lia Sanzone, Bathseba Liduke - Turning hope into action: Youth peer health education in rural Tanzania – Implementation of YPHE training to 500 youth and 73 teachers in 50 rural schools thanks to funding from Grand Challenges Canada (2015-2016) 

Instrumental support

Support from our generous donors is vital to our continued success. Donations have enabled McGill Nurses for Highlands Hope to:

  • Support and evaluate the implementation of a Point-of-Care (PoC) CD4 Testing Program for the monitoring and management of HIV/AIDS in Njombe, Tanzania
  • Support, implement and evaluate Youth Peer Health Education about 'Ukimwi' (HIV/AIDS) in 6 primary schools
  • Print Mawazo na Nyenzo- Ukimwi (Tools and Ideas - AIDS) book to distribute to nurse educators and peer counselors
    Who said 13 was unlucky? Here are the 13 Canadians who raised well over the target $13,000 for MNHH at Uhuru Peak, Jan. 13, 2014
  • Purchase Nursing and biomedical texts to update TANWAT Nursing library
  • Support computer purchase and training workshops
  • Purchase home based care kits for use in community home-based care programs
  • Provide instrumental support for school fees, books, uniforms for children under the care of Kibena Women Association

 

A group of generous (and fit)  Montrealers climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro as a fundraiser for Hope School in Iringa, Tanzania. The school’s “Let them Learn” program has been successful in reducing teen pregnancies, preventing abuse, and increasing the rate of successful school completion among its female students.

Thanks to the work of Kristin Gagnon (MSc(A) 2011) and creativity and printing by Origami Tactical Creativity and Branding, the home-based care resource manual Mwongozo Wa Haraka 1.0 was released in 2012!

For further information, please contact:

Madeleine Buck, N, BScN, MSc
Chair, McGill Nurses for Highlands Hope
Ingram School of Nursing,
McGill University
680 Sherbrooke West, Suite 1931
Montreal, QC H3A 2M7
Tel: 514-398-4155
madeleine.buck [at] mcgill.ca

Donations can be made payable to:
McGill University - c/o McGill Nurses for Highlands Hope.
All gifts directly support our projects in Tanzania and a high degree of scrutiny is observed in ensuring that funds are used for their intended purpose. To make a donation, please send a cheque made out to McGill University - c/o McGill Nurses for Highlands Hope by mail to the address indicated on the left. Alternatively, donate on-line - Ingram School of Nursing; McGill Nurses for Highlands Hope

 


 

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