The Tau Lambda-at-Large Chapter was founded in 2000 and is the Africa Chapter of the international nursing organization, Sigma Theta Tau International. The Chapter has over 484 members from seven African countries, namely: Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland and Tanzania. The Chapter strives to develop leadership and scholarship in nursing and midwifery practice, education and research that will enhance the health of Africa’s people and to support the learning and professional development of members who strive to improve nursing care in Africa. (http://taulambda-at-large.com)
Hester Klopper is a founder member of the Tau Lambda-at-Large Chapter. She serves as a board member in the capacity of Secretariat-Treasurer, a position she has been elected to for the terms of 2001-2003, 2005-2007, and 2008-2010.
Within this office she is involved with the following projects:
Hester Klopper is a founder member of the CHENMA project. CHENMA is a consortium of Southern African Universities that are working with Universities in East Africa to develop nurse-specialists in different clinical fields of nursing and midwifery. They travel regularly to East African Universities to teach primary health care, advanced midwifery and neonatal care, and research to groups of East African colleagues who will then serve their local communities as expert practitioners.
The aims of the project are to: 1) offer a clinical Masters degree in Nursing and Midwifery at Universities in African countries where no post-graduate programs exist, through a consortium of Universities, both from Africa and from the rest of the world, with at least 10 students registering for each program, in order to: (i) improve the level of clinical competence in specific areas of nursing and health care; (ii) equip specialist nurses to do clinical and health systems research in their field of work; (iii) improve the program and regional health service management skills of specialist nurses; and (iv) prepare nurses for HIV/AIDS care; 2) Ensure sustainability of the program by capacitating the host Universities to take over the offering of the Masters program after one group of students have completed their studies; 3) Ensure that the human resources remain within the developing countries by working with the Ministry of Health and the Nursing Council of both countries to develop and implement a career path for such specialist nurses in the health services of Africa; and 4) Build an international focus and capacity in Universities with established nursing and midwifery programs, specifically with regard to Africa.