COVID-19

Annual report for 2021

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Founding Members

Judith Oulton BN, MEd, DSc (hon) is an international consultant working mainly in Southeast Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe.  Previously, CEO of International Council of Nurses, Florence Nightingale Foundation, Canadian Nurses Association.  

Phetsile Mamba, Nurse-Midwife, MPH Director of the Eswatini Wellness Centre for Health Care Workers and their Families

Fadwa A Affara RGN, MA, MSc, MEd Nurse/midwife expert and international consultant. Previously, Consultant for International Council of Nurses, Certification Commission of the American Nurses Credentialing Centre, and consultant for WHO, governments and other NGO’s.

Thembeka Gwagwa, RN, RM, Bcur, 2nd Vice President, International Council of Nurses and Africa Representative. Founding General Secretary of the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) 

Pastor Masitsela Mhlanga RN, PhD, Director, Eswatini Emergency Preparedness Response  

Kabanyoro Annet, RN, MEd, Dean School of Nursing Kampala International University, Uganda PhD student at University of South Africa. Passionate about nursing and Founding Member of the COVID-19 Africa Action Network for Nurses & Nurse-Midwives. Determined to kick COVID-19 out of Africa and the world.

Dr. Naeema H. Al-Gasseer, RN, PhD, FAAN: Nurse, Midwife and Global Health Expert. Goal : Solidarity with nurses and midwives.

Kabaliisa Theopista Ateenyi,  Senior Nursing Officer/Safety Officer/Surveillance COVID-19

EPI-World Health Organization Regional Reference Lab,  Entebbe, Uganda

Michael Paul Vitols, RN, BHA, MPH. CEO V-consult and International Advisor for Mogadishu University and Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union. Previously, International Development Advisor for National Nurses Associations in Southeastern Africa.

Linda Carrier-Walker MA,  Sr Partner CWI Strategies. Previously, Dir. Development & External Relations, International Council of Nurses & Manager World Health Professions Alliance. Advisory Board of AIDS-Free World. Previous boards: Florence Nightingale Intl Foundation; Geneva Social Observatory; Intl Nursing Review; WEF Global Health Advisory Board; Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR Quebec).

Liu Zhiyong, MD: Deputy Chief Director & Assoc. Prof. of Central South University XiangYa Hospital Dept. of Intensive Care; Member of Chinese Society of Critical Care Medicine; Chinese Association of Pathophysiology Critical Care Medicine Committee; Secretary of Hunan Medical Doctor Assoc. Supported: Sierra Leone for Ebola in 2015; Xinjiang conflict in 2018; Wuhan for COVID-19 in 2020.

Flavia Moetsana-Poka RN is currently the Registrar and CEO at the Lesotho Nursing Council. As such she works directly with the International Council of Nurses, the International Confederation of Midwives and the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation.

Gabriel Carrier-Walker, BA PoliSci/History, McGill University, Canada  Senior Partner and GM at Carrier Walker International, based in Switzerland, come from Canada, run a consultancy in China, have worked in NA, Asia and Europe in four languages. Wish peace and resilience to all.

Aleksandar Rakanovic Storøy, based in Norway. Recent graduate in International Relations/ Cross-Cultural Communication. I feel very honoured to be a part of such a professional, motivated, and diverse Network, and I am confident that AAN will reach its goals.

Shan Jiang BA Exhibition Art Design, Donghua University, Shanghai, MBA Culture Art Fashion,

 EAC Institute, Paris. Come from China, based in France, it is my great honour to participate and make contribution to this project.  I am taking charge of AAN marketing and communications& Visual Identity.

Kaen O  Japanese raised in Shanghai, China. She is currently based in Washington DC as a recent graduate from Smith College and work as a medical scribe and interpreter in Washington DC, including with AAN.

Daad Shokeh, Advisor to HRH Princess Muna of Jordan and the Jordan Nursing Council. I support the COVID-19 Africa Action Network for Nurses and Nurse-Midwives,

Graham Hellier MBE  Graham Helier is an entrepreneur who is focused on financial outcomes / sustainability whilst positively impacting the planet and its inhabitants! As founder of the World Continuing Education Alliance (https://wcea.education)

Craig Fitzpatrick, World Continuing Education Alliance Director, responsible for relationships with key stakeholders in Ministries, Regulatory authorities, and Associations across low-and middle- income countries, building capacity in CPD & Lifelong learning via technology. Hails from Ireland

The Covid-19 African Action Network for Nurses and Nurse/Midwives is a global group of health professionals supporting Nurses and Nurse-Midwives in their struggle against Covid-19 in Eswatini, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, Malawi, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda, Zambia, Zanzibar, and Zimbabwe.

Beginning in May 2020, Chief Nurse Cao Lan, Dr Liu Zhiyong and Dr Shi Qindong from the Wuhan cohort met with nurses and doctors from 10 Eastern and Southern African countries on Sunday afternoons; everyone stealing time away from families, hospitals, or places of worship to share experience and best practices in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. Nurses and physicians from the pandemic’s front lines joined the AAN conferences, from the quietest, best-connected spots in their homes or workplaces – closets, gardens, corridors – to meet with nurses and physicians having joined the struggle against COVID-19 in its earliest phases, along with volunteer translators, global healthcare experts and nurse leaders from around the world, to share concerns, precious knowledge and innovative strategies in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.And every Sunday as the sessions wrapped up and all reluctantly said goodbye, there was a collective sigh of relief, a loosening of deeply felt tension and simple gratitude, for this time of solidarity and shared humanity.

The Covid-19 African Action Network for Nurses and Nurse/Midwives is a global group of health professionals supporting Nurses and Nurse-Midwives in their struggle against Covid-19 in Eswatini, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, Malawi, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda, Zambia, Zanzibar, and Zimbabwe.

Beginning in May 2020, Chief Nurse Cao Lan, Dr Liu Zhiyong and Dr Shi Qindong from the Wuhan cohort met with nurses and doctors from 10 Eastern and Southern African countries on Sunday afternoons; everyone stealing time away from families, hospitals, or places of worship to share experience and best practices in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. Nurses and physicians from the pandemic’s front lines joined the AAN conferences, from the quietest, best-connected spots in their homes or workplaces – closets, gardens, corridors – to meet with nurses and physicians having joined the struggle against COVID-19 in its earliest phases, along with volunteer translators, global healthcare experts and nurse leaders from around the world, to share concerns, precious knowledge and innovative strategies in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.And every Sunday as the sessions wrapped up and all reluctantly said goodbye, there was a collective sigh of relief, a loosening of deeply felt tension and simple gratitude, for this time of solidarity and shared humanity.