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The Sparkman Center worked closely with the UAB School of Nursing and partners in Zambia during the development of a distance-based certificate program to prepare nurses for advanced roles in care, treatment and support of patients with HIV and AIDS in Zambia. The overall program, including curriculum and formulary, was approved in 2008 and received Phase 1 support from CDC Global AIDS Program Zambia (PEPFAR). The Sparkman Center provided technical assistance and funding to support the initial implementation of this program.


As of August, 2012, a total of 92 nurses have graduated from the Phase I of this program, and a class of 12 nursing tutors will complete the program in July 2013. Additional funding for Phase 2 of the program has been received by the University of Zambia School of Medicine from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under a grant entitled “Zambian Educational Partnership for Advanced Care and Training” (ZEPACT).  A class of 39 nurses began the program under the ZEPACT project in January 2013 and should complete the program in December 2013.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of the UAB School of Nursing continues to provide support to the ZEPACT project by assisting with the monitoring and evaluation of the HIV Nurse Practitioner program. To read an article describing this program, please see:

Msidi, E., Sinkala, M., Bositis, A., Guberski, T., Menke, J., Montesanti, A., Morris, M., Katayamoyo, M., Mwanahamuntu, F., Mwale, A., Mweemba, P., Ngoma, R. W., Phiri, D., Wilson, C., & Wilson, L. (2011). The Zambian HIV Nurse Practitioner Diploma Programme: Preliminary Outcomes. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship. 8(1).