Boston Medical Center, Lesotho-Boston Health Alliance, Boston, MA
Boston Medical Center, Lesotho-Boston Health Alliance (LeBoHA) was awarded a two year, $100,000 grant in support of the project, Strengthening Community Health Services in a Nurse-Driven Health System. This project aims to sustainably improve the quality of primary care, enhance the delivery of health center services, and build relationships between nurses and members of local government to foster understanding and commitment to best practices in primary care. In 2009, LeBoHA received funding from the Izumi Foundation to establish a competency-based continuing education program for nurses in the Leribe district of Lesotho. The pilot project created a competency based curriculum and implemented a cascade training model that had nurse educators train nurses in four primary health centers. The primary nurses then trained participants in four secondary health centers. LeBoHA has learned a great deal throughout the pilot project and is equipped to effectively expand the program to other health centers in the district. The proposed project will expand the current pilot project to eight additional health centers (16 in total) with the following amendments and added elements 1) train at least one nurse at each of the selected health center sites 2) matriculate the competency curriculum as continuing education credits required for nursing re-licensure and 3) involve local government leaders and the district public health nurse in the sustainability of the project.
The goal of this program is to sustainably improve the quality of primary care in the Leribe District of Lesotho, improve the competency and skills of nursing professionals, enhance the delivery of health center services, and build relationships between nurses and members of local government to foster understanding and commitment to best practices in primary care.