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Global Programs and Activities

Columbia Global Centers

The Office of Global Initiatives has established linkages with the Columbia Global Centers in Amman, Jordan; Nairobi, Kenya; and establishing linkages in Rio de Janiero, Brazil; and Santiago, Chile. Columbia Nursing plans to work with nursing leadership in these counties to establish a cross-regional group of researchers who will identify priorities in nursing research, and build capacity to conduct this research.


Additionally, Columbia Nursing collaborates with Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health ICAP’s Global Nurse Capacity Building Program, which aims to increase the capacity of nurses and midwives, at pre- and in-service, regulatory and policy levels. The program is situated under the leadership of Ministries of Health to ensure country leadership, ownership, and sustainability. This partnership operates in South Africa, Swaziland,Lesotho, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Cote D’Ivoire.

The GK (Gonoshasthaya Kendra) Project in Bangladesh

Columbia Nursing’s Center for Children and Families has sponsored several pilot projects collaborating with the GK, a heathcare NGO in Bangladesh including research investigating ways to reduce maternal death during childbirth in this southeast Asian nation. To address this issue, Columbia Nursing faculty and students have conducted educational workshops for GK’s paramedics — healthcare workers trained by the NGO who deliver comprehensive services to patients across the country — as well as to the traditional birth attendants (TBAs) who deliver more than 80 percent of Bangladeshi babies in the home.