Welcome To Friends Of African Nursing

Welcome to the FOAN website, please take some time to learn about what we do, the difference our work makes to developing countries and what we have been up to recently. Please help support our work with a donation, buying from our online shop, or becoming a member.


What We Do

Our primary interest is in supporting nurses and nursing in Africa. We specialise in supporting nurses who work in Operating Theatres particularly and work with the surgical teams.  Surgery is often high risk in Africa and our key interest is to update practice, educate on risk management and patient safety as well as infection prevention measures. We have also delivered programmes for ward leaders and other bespoke courses.

Continuing education is a scarce resource for African Nurses and we believe that we can assist to improve the quality of care delivered to patients by sharing our knowledge and learning together. We deliver education to Operating Theatre Nurses, working with Ministries of Health, Chief Nursing Officers and nursing organisations to gather nurses together to share their own knowledge amongst themselves and to add to it by delivering education.

Each educational course runs for one week - and is often held in the nations' capital city.

Buy FoAN Gifts & Support Our Work

We have a range of gifts you can buy online from our website with all proceedings going to supporting and training nurses across Africa, please buy generously. View the full range of products on our Merchandise Page.

We have very low overheads in the charity, as we all work voluntarily and utilise Skype to communicate. Visits to Africa are taken in our holidays from work. 

How You Can Help

Please help us continue our valuable work by making a donation, buying from our online shop or becoming a member of FOAN.

One Programme costs involves:


The costs for a minimum of two trainers travelling from the UK to their destination plus visas

Accommodation & meals for one week for the trainers

Immunisation and anti malaria medication costs for the trainers


Travelling costs for the African nurses to get from their local hospitals to a central training location. Due to the size of some African countries and transport limitations this can some take time and be quite costly

Accommodation & meals for all of the nurses to stay for the duration of the course


Latest News

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