Project Description


Leading the way

  • Leadership education, mentoring and training as top priorities

  • Consultation with regulatory bodies, health faculty across academic institutions in Mongu and Lusaka, senior hospital administration from the Ministry of Health

  • Create a formal leadership program for all senior ward nurses at Lewanika General Hospital

  • Collaborate with Zambian colleagues from Lewanika General Hospital, Lewanika School of Nursing and University of Zambia to develop and co-teach nursing leadership curriculum

  • Develop leadership modules for other health disciplines

  • Multi-year collaborative leadership project on ‘Documentation and Nursing Standards’

There has been much written about the need for strong, transformational leadership in African countries like Zambia. Leaders that follow the models of participatory, democratic governing are few and far between. As Africa stands poised on a decade of unprecedented population growth, while being mired in poverty, challenges with corruption in governments and wars driven by greed and fed by global interests and tribal strife, the need for educating strong and creative African leaders has never been more important.

In 2010, a needs assessment was jointly conducted by OkaZHI members and Zambian partners. In that assessment, leadership training and education were identified as top priorities. Zambian colleagues recognized that their leaders must be ‘service-oriented’ and model ‘good leadership.’ Another important skill identified, was the ability to solve complex problems by working collaboratively with others. Importantly, the leadership style that many Zambian’s were looking for did not align with what they were taught in their training programs.

OkaZHI members and Zambian colleagues have agreed to begin developing a leadership program for various cadres of health care professionals, including direct service providers, health administrators, under-graduate and post-graduate students and institutional faculty members.

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