MCH NLA is a community of current and emerging maternal-child health nursing leaders.


The Africa MCH Nurse Leadership Academy is an exciting, intense and career-changing experience for nurses and midwives who are committed to leading health care practice changes in maternal-child health. The purpose of the Africa MCH Nurse Leadership Academy is to develop the leadership skills of maternal-child health nurses and midwives in positions of influence in a variety of health care settings. The academy will prepare maternal-child health nurses and midwives for effective interprofessional team leadership as they strive to improve the quality of health care for childbearing women and children up to 5 years old.


Through the partnership between the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International and Johnson & Johnson, the Africa MCH Nurse Leadership Academy has recently been launched as the premier leadership development opportunity for nurses and midwives dedicated to influencing maternal-child health care practice, policy and outcomes in Africa.  This  was also the result of the success of the South African pilot of MCH NLA, driven be a team of enthusiastic and experienced nurse and midwife leaders at the School of Nursing Sciences of the North-West University, supported by Prof Hester Klopper, President Elect of STTI, STTI and J&J.  The first cohort, consisting of 6 dyads (mentors and mentees) graduated in August 2013.


Once again STTI and J&J is sponsoring a cohort: this time from South Africa, as well as from Uganda and Malawi. Prof Christa van der Walt is the leader of the Academy and the first call for mentees went out during the recent Tau Lambda-at-Large Conference in Bloemfontein, South Africa.


Academy Overview 

An 18-month mentored leadership experience serves as the foundation for the MCH Nurse Leadership Academy curriculum. Each mentee will select an expert mentor who will participate in the academy workshops and guide them through the leadership development journey. The blended curriculum of the academy provides a variety of strategies for developing leadership knowledge and competence. The investment in personal leadership development through this comprehensive experience will elevate the mentee’s scope of influence to a significantly higher level.

What activities are included in the academy experience?

Nurses selected to participate in the academy will:

  • Attend two intensive four-day leadership workshops with their chosen mentor
  • Design an individualised leadership development plan with guidance from their mentor and academy faculty advisor
  • Manage an interdisciplinary team leadership project that results in practice outcomes
  • Facilitate two site visits conducted by the academy faculty with mentor and project team
  • Attend academy celebration activities including poster presentation at the Annual Conference of the STTI Tau Lambda-at-Large Chapter


More info about MCH NLA can be found on the STTI website: