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Bethlehem, Pa., February 22, 2010—Imagine having a family member who suffers from a life-threatening illness and the only health care provider within miles is a 15-year-old nurse with a 7th-grade education. Such a scenario is the norm in Mozambique, Africa, where each nurse cares for up to 5,000 people. To help improve these bleak conditions, Moravian College nursing faculty members partnered with members of the nursing association (ANEMO) of Mozambique about a year ago.
Three of the Mozambique nurses will visit the Moravian campus on Feburary 22-24, before traveling to Washington, D.C., to meet with representatives of the American Nurses' Association and the American Association of Colleges of Nurses. An open house will be held to welcome the visiting nurses on Monday, February 22, 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the UBC Room of the Haupert Union Building.
Senior graphic design majors at Moravian College will present their graphic identity logos to a group visiting from the Mozambique nursing association, ANEMO, on Monday at 11:45 a.m. in their HILL classroom. This will provide opportunity to view and consider work the students did last semester on logos for the nursing association.
For the past year, St. Luke’s School of Nursing at Moravian College (SON/Moravian) professors Lori Hoffman, Michelle August-Brady, and Maria Schantz have worked with the ANEMO nurses—visiting Mozambique in January and September 2009. Last April, ANEMO representatives visited Moravian to gather information that will help them strengthen their organization.
“Nursing is particularly vital in Mozambique because they have so few physicians," said Dr. Hoffman. "Lack of transportation, roads, and technology all compound the health care challenges."
The SON/Moravian-ANEMO partnership is fully funded by a $90,000 grant from the American International Health Alliance. To be eligible, the program needed to have a faculty member fluent in Portuguese; have a faculty member with expertise in HIV/AIDS education and community health education; and have proper accreditation. SON/Moravian met all of the unique criteria.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.