Uganda Nursing School, Bwindi

Bwindi nursing school is co-located with the hospital and was built in 2013

UK consultant neonatologist, Dr Cath Harrison, is part of the team in Bwindi this year and has written a couple of blog posts for the NICHE website:

During preparations for the GIC course, we were fortunate to have a visit to the Bwindi Community Hospital School of Nursing. This was set up in 2013 initially with 100 students. Now 10 years later there are 400 students. The course is 2-3 years long with students graduating with a Diploma in Nursing.

The school is about 3 minutes’ walk from the hospital entrance and is a self-contained facility with communal spaces, lecture theatres, library and on-site accommodation for the students. There is even a football pitch and the women’s team won a national competition last year!

The nursing school has improved nursing staffing for the hospital, with the best students being offered posts at BCH, thereby maintaining workforce and sustainable care provision.

Today is International Nurses’ Day!

Dr Alison Earley

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

Felicia with baby manikins donated to or bought by NICHE, and used for training in new born resuscitation

The theme for 2022 is ‘Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Invest in Nursing and respect rights to secure global health

Working in neonatal care in Cameroon, Liberia and Uganda it is very obvious just how crucial good nurses are to the survival of all babies, but especially those who are premature or unwell. 

We have also found ‘voices to lead’ among the nurses with whom we have worked, and seen their dedication and abilities.

Felicia is a nurse working in an isolated rural setting in Adamawa Region, one of the Regions in the North of Cameroon which has very high perinatal mortality.