The African Health Professions Regional Collaborative for Nurses and Midwives (ARC) works across 18 countries in sub-Saharan Africa to facilitate nurse- and midwife-led HIV care for pregnant women and children; improve the quality of nursing practice; and enhance national nursing policy and regulation. ARC is funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and implemented by Emory University School of Nursing in partnership with the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility at Emory University, the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation, and the East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community.
* Implement global standards for HIV care in the Africa region as defined by the UNAIDS 90-90-90 Framework
*Improve the health of individuals, families and communities through the promotion of safe and effective nursing and midwifery standards of practice
* Facilitate country-level collaborative projects which will result in measurable and sustainable change to support HIV service provision
* Apply a collaborative model to engage countries in sharing progress, results, and lessons learned
ARC has five overarching objectives:
1. Support national nursing and midwifery leadership teams to identify key bottlenecks for delivery of quality PMTCT B+ services and pediatric HIV care at priority sites
3. Demonstrate measurable impact on the quality of nurse and midwife-led PMTCT B+ services and pediatric HIV care in funded countries over the duration of the initiative.
4. Foster sustained collaboration between national nursing and midwifery organizations within each country to advance nurse and midwife-led (NML) models of care.
Ensuring quality care
From 2011 to 2015, ARC supported country nursing teams to accomplish the following:
* 7 countries established Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs to enhance HIV expertise among nurses and midwives.