Nursing in Tanzania


The Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre sits in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. According to its website, Kilimanjaro Christian is a referral hospital for more than 11 million people in northern Tanzania. However, it has only 450 beds and about 1,000 staff members, and they manage to treat the "hundreds of outpatients and visitors coming to the centre everyday."

In February, 2012 TNSP established a partnership with the Tukuyu School of Nursing, located in Tukuyu, southern Tanzania, close to the Zambia border. The Tukuyu school has approximately 128 students, of which 60 percent is female, and the scholarship program sponsors 10 students.

Both of these nursing school programs are government sponsored and subsidized. In order to enter a program, students apply to the Ministry of Health for admission to one of the government sponsored nursing school programs.

The ministry then assigns selected students to the individual schools.

The diploma programs require three years of study, which includes both classroom and clinical exposure. Following the successful completion of the three year program, students take a national examination. Passing scores on the national examination provides the designations of ‘registered nurse' and ‘registered midwife' to the student.

Students who are academically successful during their first year and merit financial need are eligible to be selected for a TNSP sponsorship, which generally starts in the second year of their studies.

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