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June 2013
Stephanie Perry, Account Executive
Bohlsen Group, +1.317.602.7137
State of nursing in Africa predicts future of health care
New book is first report to document Sub-Saharan nursing
INDIANAPOLIS — Nursing is a critical component of health care in every community, but perhaps nowhere more so than in the countries of Africa today. And nursing education is often seen as a key indicator of the solidity of a country’s health care system.
While acknowledging that Africa confronts the world’s worst public health crisis, a May 2013 report from the World Health Organization (WHO) stresses that the continent can move forward on recent progress by strengthening its fragile health systems (The Health of the People, May 2013).
A book being released by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is the first report of its kind to document nursing, health care and nursing education in Sub-Saharan African countries.
The State of Nursing and Nursing Education in Africa: A Country-By-Country Review examines nursing and health care in 22 countries, analyzes their progress toward the WHO Millennium Development Goals, and forecasts the future of nursing and nurse education in Africa. The book is by Hester Klopper, PhD, MBA, RN, RM, FANSA, of Potchefstroom, South Africa, and Leana R. Uys, DSocSc, RN, RM, FASSAF, of St. Francis, South Africa.
“Reform of nursing and nurse education in the private and public health care sectors of Africa are likely to improve the quality of patient care and patient safety,” said Klopper, president-elect of STTI. “The health care system is facing high rates of both communicable and non-communicable diseases and is challenged by workforce shortages.”
“This book will be a critical resource for faculty, researchers and practitioners who want to work in Africa or with colleagues there,” said STTI President Suzanne Prevost, PhD, RN, COI. “It also will be an asset to marketers, educators, researchers and product developers who are involved in humanitarian efforts.”
The State of Nursing and Nursing Education in Africa: A Country-By-Country Review
By Hester Klopper, PhD, MBA, RN, RM, FANSA, and Leana R. Uys, DSocSc, RN, RM, FASSAF
Published by STTI
ISBN-13: 9781935476832
Price: US $399
Print on demand (soft cover), 480 pages
Trim size: 8½ x 11
About the authors:
Hester Klopper, PhD, MBA, RN, RM, FANSA, is CEO of FUNDISA and professor at North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa. She has been chair of the Forum of University Nursing Deans in South Africa (FUNDISA), a member of the WHO Steering Committee of Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery, and director, International Network for Doctoral Education. She has supervised dozens of master’s and PhD students, published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, and presented at more than 100 international conferences. She received the NEA Excellence in Nursing Education award, was inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Nursing of South Africa, and was inducted into the FUNDISA Hall of Fame for Excellence in Nursing Research.
Leana R. Uys, DSocSc, RN, RM, FASSAF, is past CEO of FUNDISA as well as professor emeritus at the School of Nursing, University of KwaZulu-Natal. She has published several books and more than 80 peer-reviewed articles. As a researcher, she’s received numerous awards and is an inducted member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. She was voted the most influential person in education and training in South Africa in 2011 and has received the Mary Tolle Wright Award for Excellence in Leadership and the Nell Watts Lifetime Achievement Award.  
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s roughly 500 chapters are located at approximately 695 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at
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