oa Curationis - Building children's nursing for Africa : editorial

Volume 37, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0379-8577
  • E-ISSN: 2223-6279



Twenty years into democracy, South Africa's nurses are leading the implementation of healthcare reform. Their work is grounded in human rights, notably child rights, including economic and social rights often ignored in Western societies. African values are the building blocks for protection of these rights: consensus building, mutual respect, reconciliation, hospitality and spirituality (Hungwe & Zwart 2014). These values are evident in this Special Issue highlighting nurses' efforts to integrate the evidence on preserving and promoting maternal-child health into nursing education and practice, and so prepare the workforce needed to achieve national health priorities.

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