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Tanzanian Health Care Gets Boost from AKU's New Nursing/Midwifery Training Facility

Aga Khan University opened the new home of its School of Nursing and Midwifery in Dar es Salaam atSalama House. This state-of-the-art facility will educate nursing and midwifery leaders dedicated to savinglives and improving health care for the people of Tanzania.

The €1.2 million (TSh 2.95 billion) project was funded as part of a €17.2 million (TSh 42 billion) grant toAKU from the Federal Republic of Germany to improve health in East Africa by providing nurses andmidwives with high-quality education and training. In addition to funding the renovation and expansion ofSalama House, the grant includes funding to enable more students to attend AKU and has helped theUniversity to develop the curriculum for its planned post-RM Bachelor of Science in Midwifery. The EastAfrican Community played an important role in making it possible for AKU to receive the funding.

The opening was presided over by Dr. Gerd Müller, German Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation andDevelopment; Dr. Helmut Schön, KfW Country Director for Tanzania; Dr. Richard Sezibera, SecretaryGeneral of the East African Community; Dr. Hamisi Kigwangalla, Tanzanian Deputy Minister of Health,Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children; and Mr. Al-Karim Haji, AKU Vice President,Finance and Chief Financial Officer.

Dr. Müller outlined "Tanzania has a fraction of the highly skilled nurses and midwives it needs. Moremodern facilities for nursing and midwifery education are needed," said Mr. Al-Karim Haji, AKU Vice
President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer. "With the opening of the new home of our School ofNursing and Midwifery, we are helping to change that. The partnership between AKU, the Federal Republicof Germany and the East African Community, plus the support of the Republic of Tanzania, will give morenurses and midwives an opportunity to improve their clinical and leadership capacities."

"Aga Khan University is playing a leading role in the EAC's effort to harmonize and modernize nursingcurricula and standards across member states," said Dr. Richard Sezibera, Secretary General of the EastAfrican Community. "This facility is another example of AKU's longstanding commitment to educatingmuch-needed nurses and midwives to improve the quality of health care for East Africans, and of the AgaKhan Development Network's broader contribution to improving the lives of East Africans."

"The opening of this facility is a significant event in the development of nursing and midwifery inTanzania," said Dr. Hamisi Kigwangalla, Deputy Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender,
Elderly, and Children. "It will help Tanzania educate the kinds of nurses and midwives we need: those whocan tackle complex problems and ensure that all Tanzanians get the health care they deserve. Aga KhanUniversity, the Federal Republic of Germany, and the East African Community have our appreciation."

AKU's School of Nursing and Midwifery's new home at Salama House on Urambo Street includes theresources needed to educate nursing and midwifery leaders using the latest methods: a library with newdigital resources, a computer lab, modern classrooms, and a high-quality science lab and skills lab.

In addition to enhancing the quality of the School's existing nursing programmes, the project has alsoincreased available space, which will allow AKU to launch a new post-RM Bachelor of Science in
Midwifery programme and to train more working nurses through its professional development programmes.

About AKU's School of Nursing and Midwifery

AKU has graduated more than 2,100 nurses in East Africa since 2004. In Tanzania it has educated morethan 600 nurses including 311 who hold a Post-RN Bachelor of Science in Nursing that prepares graduatesfor leadership and which is held by relatively few Tanzanians. Its alumni include the country's top nursingofficial, the Director of Nursing Services in the Ministry of Health, and theChair of the Tanzania Nursingand Midwifery Council.

Aga Khan University serves Tanzanians without regard to race, gender, or religion. All of its nursingstudents in Dar es Salaam are Tanzanian and 80 percent come from public-sector institutions. As a nonprofitorganization, it strives to make its programmes affordable and accessible. On average, nursing students payjust one-fifth of what it costs the University to educate them. To date, the University has invested US$ 60million in Tanzania, with significant additional investment planned.

AKU is a university of and for the developing world, focused on preparing men and women to improve thequality of life in their societies. Its work reflects the vision and continuing generosity of its founder andChancellor, His Highness the Aga Khan. The University is part of the Aga Khan Development Network,whose presence in Tanzania dates back to the establishment of the first Aga KhanGirls School in 1905.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of German Embassy in Dar es Salaam.
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