Second McGill Nurses for Highlands Hope Fellowship is announced

McGill Nurses for Highlands Hope is proud to announce the name of the recipient of the second McGill Nurses for Highlands Hope Fellowship, Sylvie Lambert.

Ms. Lambert is a candidate for the PhD degree at the School of Nursing and will embark for Tanzania in November for a two month study period. During her stay, she will collaborate with Betty Liduke, Director of the TANWAT Hospital HIV Care and Treatment Centre and Coordinator of Highlands Hope of Tanzania.

The focus will be on the development of training modules for nurse-counsellors and other health professionals in Highlands Hope hospitals and clinics, beginning with a pilot module on pain and pain management. Nurse-counsellors focus primarily on testing and referral at HIV Care and Treatment Centres. But they also act as an important surce of information about HIV-AIDS care more generally for their patients.

Highlands Hope of Tanzania is a network of more than 20 nurse-counsellors who work at four health care centres or with HIV patient activist groups. McGill Nurses for Highlands Hope was established by the McGill School of Nursing in 2006 to support health care education and professional networking between Canada and Tanzania.

The first fellowship recipient was Christina Clausen who prepared much of the groundwork for the training module development now underway. Ms. Clausen is active with the School of Nursing in its advisory committee on International Health and its networking with the Family Medicine Group of the McGill Faculty of Medicine on health projects in Tanzania.