The nursing and midwifery profession in Uganda (and East Africa) began with Mrs Catherine Cook, wife to Sir Albert Cook, training 8 enrolled midwives in 1917, and enrolled nurses in 1928 at Mengo Hospital. In later years, more programmes were introduced: Registered Midwifery in 1976, Registered Nursing in 1979 and Enrolled Comprehensive Nursing in 2006, according to the school’s website.
Uganda has since moved away from having Mengo school of nursing and midwifery as it’s one such school.
The number of nursing and midwifery schools has grown at an even faster rate, in part, to match the growing health needs created by a growing population, as well as in responce to a simpler procedure for starting a new nursing and midwifery school.
Every region of Uganda now has more than two dozen nursing and midwifery schools. The central region leads the pack with the highest density of such schools. And this trend is not about to run out of steam just yet.
The Uganda Nurses and Midwives Board (unmeb), in it’s February 2018 newsletter, equally acknowledges that there’s “an increasing trend in registered nursing and midwifery training schools,” with the number of examination centres, as of February 2018, standing at 81.
The Board [unmeb] noted, in it’s March 1st results release, that the 6,767 candidates that sat it’s 2017 November State Finals were from 67 licenced training institutions. This number of candidates was an 18.7% increase (1,267) from November 2016’s figure of 5,500.
Mrs Kataratambi, unmeb’s executive secretary, says the growth is “an indication of increased demand for BTVET programs in Uganda.”
The Education minister Mrs Janet Kataha Museveni notes the growth as being “in line with the BTVET strategic plan 2012/3 to 2021/2” which among other things wants to achieve “increased equitable access to skills Development programs.”
It can thus be said that the growth in nursing and midwifery schools in Uganda is deliberate policy, and not about to end until 2021/2.
Newly licenced schools
With that, here’s a list of unmebs newly licenced schools as per it’s 7th edition newsletter.
– Lyantonde School of Nursing and Midwifery, Lyantonde
– Maracha School of Nursing and Midwifery, Maracha
– Mildmay School of health Sciences, Wakiso
– Kumi School of Nursing and Midwifery, Kumi
– Iganga School of Nursing and Midwifery – Ndejje Campus, Luweero
– Leura School of Nursing and Midwifery, Iganga
– Bugongi College of Nursing and Midwifery, Sheema
– Masaka School of Health Sciences, Masaka
– Moyo School of Nursing and Midwifery, Moyo
– Indian Institute of Health and Allied Science, Kampala