Global News

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Fill a shoebox with age appropriate items such as toys, school supplies, socks, etc. Please attach a check for $5 (payable to Alabama Partners of the Americas) to defray shipping costs. Wrap your box and lid separately, with bright paper, and bring to the UAB School of Nursing to room 420 (office of Dr. Lynda Wilson)
This project is a joint one between Alabama-Guatemala Partners of the Americas, the UAB School of Nursing and the Student Nursing Association.
For more information you can contact Dr. Lynda Wilson at or Meghan Pattison at .
Women at work in Nepal
No country is too far for UAB to have an impact. In November 2014, Dr. Lynda Wilson visited Dhulikhel, Nepal to explore possible collaborations between UAB School of Nursing and the School of Nursing of Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences (KUSMS). While in Dhulikhel, Dr. Wilson gave the keynote presentation at the first International Nursing Research Conference in Nepal. Conference participants included 250 nurses primarily from Nepal, but also several nurses from Norway and the United States. The theme of the conference was "Evidence Based Nursing Practice".  Dr. Wilson is collaborating with a group of nursing faculty and students at KUSMS to assess Nepalese nurses' knowledge and perceptions of evidence-based practice.
Dr. Craig Wilson and Dr. Henna Budhwani (Executive Director and Director of the UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health) accompanied Dr. Wilson on this visit to explore potential collaboration opportunities. The UAB team visited a rural community outreach center that is supported by Dhulikhel Hospital (the teaching hospital for KUSMS), and also had the opportunity to attend the graduation ceremony for the KUSMS medical and nursing students which was also attended by the Prime Minister of Nepal. There is great interest in exchange of students, faculty and knowledge, as well as long term partnerships to support th erural community health outreach programs of KUSMS.

EBP conference participants - resized                                       UAB team at rural clinic in Nepal - resized

There are numerous opportunities for global service in health as a UAB Nursing student. Please check back often for updates. Be brave and go!

Interested in furthering your nursing experience in Latin America?
Consider Study Away at UAB: Project Hearts - Dominican Republic.
Students will have many opportunities to engage in the local community by working with health care in the Dominican Republic with local healthcare providers in various settings.

2014 walker kamuzu
Phone calls and emails have been flowing between UAB School of Nursing and the University of Malawi Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) for the last few years. Some of that work came to fruition in 2014 with two UAB faculty members traveling to Malawi to work directly with faculty there.

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) announces the creation of the Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing (GAPFON). The inaugural meeting of GAPFON — a panel of international nurse leaders — convened to establish a global voice and vision for the future of nursing that will advance global health.

On November 7-8, 2013, the University of Sao Paulo in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil celebrated its 25th anniversary as a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center on International Nursing. 

It takes more than you think to feed a family for a week. Not just money, but the ingenuity and creativity to put food on the table when resources are scarce. More than 870 million people in the world do not have enough to eat. But as of now, 60,000 of these will because of the efforts of UAB students, including School of Nursing students.

The UAB School of Nursing's World Health Organization Collaborating Center Scholars took teamwork to a whole new level October 2013.  That week they participated as a team in the annual Chili Cook-off during UAB's Homecoming Week Activities.  The "WHODunnits", as they called themselves, searched the world-wide web for a one-of-a-kind recipe for chili and came out with two awards: Healthiest Chili and Most Creative Recipe.

The International Leadership in Health Program will be offered for a fifth time next summer 2014.  It is becoming well-known for the expertise of the presenters, the diversity of the participants, and the fantastic opportunity it provides for an international experience without leaving campus.

Global Citizenship is a term we are hearing more and more often, but what does it really mean? Rather than write a definition, the following is a story showing global citizenship in action.

Dr.Lynda Wilson, Deputy Director of the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for International Nursing and faculty at the UAB School of Nursing, had the opportunity to accompany other UAB faculty to meet the President of the Republic of Malawi, Her Excellency Joyce Banda, on September 20 at the reception held in Montgomery, Alabama sponsored by John and Lindy Blancard, Co-Founders of the 100X Development Foundation. 

Clinical simulation is a growing technology around the world. Labs where nursing students can work on mannequins are a part of weekly life for UAB SON students. But in many other countries, students are still practicing needle sticks and checks for vital signs on each other.

While HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases stay in the forefront of policy-making, control and prevention, Sickle Cell Disease threatens thousands of Ugandans.  Lucky Mulumba, on of our DNP students, is spending time in Uganda raising awareness.  Through her efforts, the first ever Sickle Cell Conference was held in Uganda, July 2013. 

Ashley Costa is an RN at UAB Hospital in the Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU) who stepped out of her comfort zone to make an impact in Zambia. 

Olivia Bahemuka, a third-semester UAB Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student, has been awarded the Afya Bora Fellowship in Global Health Leadership to work in Uganda for one year.