Jennifer Dohrnis the Project Director for Columbia University ICAP’s Global Nurse Capacity Building Program (GNCBP) and Assistant Professor of Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing (CUSON). In her position at CUSON, she was Director of the Midwifery Program and led the initiation and integration of HIV knowledge and skills into the curriculum. She also founded in 1988 and directed the first independent maternity center in New York which gives full-scope care to women of many cultures regardless of ability to pay. At present she continues her clinical midwifery practice. With PEPFAR funding, GNCBP, started in 2009, includes nursing and midwifery capacity building, with a focus on comprehensive HIV and primary care, at the educational, clinical, regulatory and policy levels in Lesotho, Zambia, Malawi, Ethiopia, and Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Swaziland, Cote D’Ivoire, Mozambique and Kenya. In each country, with the Ministry of Health in in leadership, in collaboration with USG partners, and nursing and midwifery representatives, initiatives that produce more nurses and midwives with increased capacities that are critical to that country’s needs get formulated, developed, implemented, and evaluated to ensure that more nurses and midwives are prepared to address urgent population health needs. With nurses and midwives as the main providers for HIV and primary care, Dr. Dohrn is witnessing nursing and midwifery voices being finally heard – at the global level and regional levels - and can mark that health care systems are truly being strengthened through nursing and midwifery leadership.