Friends of African Nursing (FoAN) was started as an organisation by Lesley and Kate, who had family contacts in Africa and due to their professional nursing backgrounds, had taken an interest in the health systems in African countries which they had visited whilst on holiday.
It was apparent to them both separately, that the privilege of the healthcare environment in which they both worked in the UK - which offered continuing education, ready access to journals, speciality (perioperative) education and a professional association (in which they were closely involved, at home) as a ready made network was indeed a huge privilege which should be shared.
Their primary interest is in supporting nurses and nursing in Africa. FOAN specialises in supporting nurses who work in Operating Theatres particularly and work with the surgical teams. Surgery is often high risk in Africa and their key interest is to update practice, educate on risk management and patient safety as well as infection prevention measures. They have also delivered programmes for ward leaders and other bespoke courses.
Visit the FoAN website to find out more via the link below.