Allison Annette Foster
Senior advisor for human resources for health, IntraHealth International
The Primary Health Care to Communities (PHC2C) consortium brings together the expertise of university research, global human resources for health (HRH) development, health worker advocacy, and nursing. A key aim is to highlight and strengthen the critical role of nurses and midwives in the achievement of universal health care and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The PHC2C consortium is strengthening the leadership roles of nurses and midwives in health systems to better integrate frontline teams and improve the accessibility and quality of health services for rural populations.
The consortium aims to:
In Zambia, the PHC2C consortium is building the capacity of nurses and nurse-midwives who lead rural facilities so they will be better able to manage teams and lead communities to improved health. University educators have collaborated with the general nursing council and district supervisors to design and deliver a certificate training in leadership and management that fulfills the credits required for re-licensure. Through blended learning and peer-to-peer support, facility heads gain experience and confidence in effective approaches to community engagement, responsive and respectful care, monitoring data, and developing innovative strategies for improvement. The training incorporates joint learning with their frontline team members so that all collaborate in a way that demonstrates their teamwork in improving the quality of services. The participation of district nurse supervisors as course tutors improves supervisory practices and institutionalizes regular communication and active mentoring between the district and the facilities.