ARC meets in Abidjan
The ARC West and Central Africa Summative Congress is being held in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire 25-26 July 2016. Nursing and midwifery leaders from Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Cote D'Ivoire will be presenting the outcomes of their year long projects to improve HIV care and treatment particularly for pregnancy women and children.
ARC East, Central and Southern
Year 4 Summative
The final Summative of the first four-year phase of ARC was being held in Johannesburg South Africa 16-18 February 2016. The nursing and midwifery leadership from seventeen countries in the east, central and southern Africa region attended the Summative. ARC Phase 2 was launched at the Summative.
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The African Health Professions Regulatory Collaborative (ARC)
The African Health Profession Regulatory Collaborative (ARC) for nurses and midwives is a four-year partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); the Commonwealth Secretariat; the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility at Emory University; the East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC); and the Commonwealth Nurses Federation (CNF).
ARC convenes nurse and midwife leaders from participating African countries in the east, central and southern Africa region, for the purpose of facilitating south-to-south collaboration around professional regulatory issues, such as scope of practice, licensing, accreditation of training, and continuing education.
The ARC Initiative
LARC to meet in Dar es Salaam
The next meeting of the LARC initiative will be hld in Dar es Salaam Tanzania 2-4 August 2016. Laboratory and nursing and midwifery personnel from the six LARC countries: Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda will meet together to share progress in their projects to improve HIV prevention, care and treatment by accurate identification and referral for viral load testing; efficient specimen collection and processing; timely and accurate testing; and result reporting and interpretation by clinicians that leads to appropriate patient management.
Inaugural LAC Meeting
An exciting extension of the African Regional Collaborative for Nurses and Midwives was launched in Johannesburg South Africa 18-19 February 2016. The new initiative, titled LARC, is aimed at improving communication between laboratory technologists and technicians and nurses and midwives.
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The UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals aim by 2020: 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status; 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained ART; and 90% of all people receiving ART will have viral suppression. Integral to these goals is identification and referral for viral load testing; efficient specimen collection and processing; timely and accurate testing; and result reporting and interpretation by clinicians that leads to appropriate patient management.
Improving communication between laboratory personnel and clinicians along the continuum is essential to achieving the 90-90-90 goals. The LARC initiative will provide time limited grants to six countries (Kenya,
Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Uganda) to work on projects to improve communication and understanding between these two critical groups of health professionals.
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