GAPFON update

Patricia E Thompson | 08/24/2016

Next step, analysis of data gathered at regional meetings.

Patricia ThompsonOn 18-19 July in Cape Town, South Africa, the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) convened the last of seven regional meetings of the Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing & Midwifery (GAPFON). In addition to Africa, meetings convened over the past year in Southeast Asia/Pacific Rim, the Caribbean, Latin/Central America, North America, the Middle East, and Europe.
In each of these meetings, global nursing and midwifery leaders shared insights about how their professions can lead the way to improve global health outcomes. We appreciate all of them for sharing their time and expertise. Hearing stakeholders from STTI’s seven global regions share their knowledge and experience is critical for GAPFON’s success.
Press releases with content about each regional meeting are available at While these meetings represent a large portion of the work required to fulfill GAPFON’s mission and provide the basis for developing its overall action plan, they are, in reality, only the first of several phases. Ultimately, to improve global health outcomes and advance the nursing and midwifery professions, we hope to see collaborations and alliances forged across multiple disciplines and sectors.
The next step, which will lead to evidence-based recommendations, is to analyze both qualitative and quantitative data gathered from the regional meetings. This report will be available in early 2017. An implementation plan with measurable outcomes that can be customized by country will be developed for each recommendation. The full action plan, which will reflect the roles of both nursing and midwifery in influencing global health, will have specific implications for global and regional health policy.
As these regional meetings have convened, new friends and partnerships have been made. STTI is proud to have launched and led this effort, and we look forward to exciting opportunities that await us in the project’s next phases. Please monitor the GAPFON website for progress updates.
This important work would not be possible without support from our GAPFON sponsors. We are pleased to recognize major sponsors Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Pfizer, and National Council of State Boards of Nursing and regional sponsors American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Elsevier Education, and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. 

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 Patricia E. Thompson, EdD, RN, FAAN
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