The Royal College of Nursing has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Zambia Union of Nurses Organisation, marking the start of an official partnership.
Source: Eray Haciosmanoglu
The aim of the partnership – the result of two years of planning – is to share best practice between the two countries and strengthen the voice of nursing associations, the RCN said on Monday.
The memorandum was signed simultaneously in London and Zambia by RCN chief executive and general secretary Peter Carter and ZUNO president Thom Dauti Yung’ana.
Mr Yung’ana described the partnership as “timely and exciting”.
He said: “Issues such as the provision of quality health care services and improved welfare for the nursing profession have taken centre stage in recent days in Zambia, making this partnership a dream come true for the nursing profession and the healthcare systems in both Zambia and UK.”
Paula Hancock, deputy chair of the RCN’s international committee, said the partnership was part of a long term strategy to increase the college’s international presence.
“We are delighted to be working closely with our Zambian colleagues and are looking forward to sharing best practice across the world with this and future international partnerships.”
The work to start the partnership was supported by the Health Partnership Scheme, which is funded by the Department for International Development and managed by the Tropical Health and Education Trust.
The scheme currently supports over 80 projects across 20 countries in Africa and Asia.
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