News From The Ground
The Gretta Foundation began its programmatic mark by supporting five scholarships in the African country of Malawi through an existing nonprofit doing great work there. The need for nursing in Malawi is tremendous, with a nurse to population ratio of 0.061:1000 (versus 9.3:1000 in the US). These five scholars are enrolled in a baccalaureate nursing program at Kamuzu College of Nursing in the capital city of Lilongwe and they have completed their third year.
Despite many challenges, Uganda has a history of being progressive in the fight of HIV–making it a natural location to launch our own program. With our dedicated partners there, we continue to see great promise. It is our plan to make Uganda a proud example to the rest of the world of how a country and the quality of life of its people improve when a real investment in nursing is made. We envision a future for Uganda where legions of Gretta Scholars improve patient outcomes and empower the profession so that our work endures and nurses stay in country.
Our Gretta Scholars in Uganda attend the International Health Science University and are enrolled in the baccalaureate program. With the second year students mentoring the first year students, they have become a surrogate family to one another. Additionally, one new scholar is an experienced nurse who is enrolled in a scale-up program. When these Ugandan scholars graduate with a BSN, they will be some of the highest educated nurses in the country with the potential to be future nurse leaders.
On another note, TGF established its legal identity in Uganda and we are proud to share that TGF is a registered nonprofit: The Gretta Foundation Uganda Limited.
DID YOU KNOW?
In Sub-Saharan Africa, the risk of maternal death over a lifetime is 1 in 16 versus 1 in 2,800 in developed countries.