Nursing school has plans to extend healing ministry (20.10.14)
The Anglican-run Muheza Nursing School, in Tanzania – a longstanding recipient of support from Us – has a new name, a new direction and ambitious plans.
Renamed St Augustine Muheza Institute of Health and Allied Sciences, the centre has undergone major renovations and plans to introduce degree courses in health sciences, alongside existing courses for nurses, midwives and clinical officers.
Funding from Us has enabled the construction of new classrooms, a library extension, the refurbishment of laboratories and an accommodation block, and the provision of student nurse uniforms. The institute was established in 1939 by the Sisters of the Community of Sacred Passion, and is today a part of the Anglican Diocese of Tanga.
Interim director Elizabeth Chigua explained: ‘The desire of the church is to extend the healing mission of the Lord Jesus Christ through creating a highly skilled and motivated workforce.’
Three nursing graduates talked to Us about their experience (names have been changed). Joseph said: ‘The work can be tiring because there is a heavy workload due to staff shortages. But I press on as it is fulfilling to see people cured and to know this is spiritual work.’
Ester said: ‘I’m motivated to learn more so I can reach out to individuals, families and the community at large. I am happy to be involved in work that provides spiritual and social care.’
Aisha said: ‘It is important for the church to be involved in health work. However, the current shortage of equipment and resources is challenging.’
Photo: Nurses in training at St Augustine Muheza Institute, Tanzania.