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Opinion: More equitable health systems? Empower frontline health workers

20 July 2020

Dr. Joanne Peter, a director of social innovation within Johnson & Johnson (J&J)’s Global Community Impact team and Ben Davies, the global leader of the Johnson & Johnson Center for Health Worker Innovation (CHWI) write that through their 20-year partnership with the Aga Khan School of Nursing and Midwifery in East Africa, they have strengthened 10 nursing and midwifery professional associations by providing organisational development, governance, and marketing support. This enabled the School of Nursing to provide health workers with ongoing professional development while fostering an active nursing and midwifery community across the region. Johnson & Johnson also provided scholarships to nurses and midwives to undertake part-time advanced nursing certificates with an emphasis on leadership and management. More than 2,500 nurses have graduated and over 100 have since moved into leadership roles.