International Day of the Midwife: Ms. Elizabeth Kijugu

Daisy WinnerBlog, Featured, Nursing, Tanzania, Uncategorized

20160505_131033For Ms. Elizabeth Kijugu, teaching midwifery at Hubert Kairuki Memorial University (HKMU) in Tanzania fulfills a passion she has pursued continuously for more than 30 years.

Kijugu’s journey to midwifery began as young girl, observing the work of her father, a medical assistant, and her mother, a nurse. “I was interested in their work,” she says, “and they advised me to go to nursing school.”

She completed her diploma in nursing at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) and then received her bachelors in nursing from HKMU. “After completing my training [at KCMC], I joined different hospitals to serve as a nurse and a midwife. I worked for a long time in the labor ward, so [after receiving my bachelors] I was chosen to work in the school of nursing where I was appointed to teach as a midwife. I have been teaching midwifery for many years, since 2000 up to now.”

Kijugu particularly enjoys teaching midwifery.  “I think it is an area where you have to be hands-on,” she explains. “When you are teaching you do demonstrations and you can really see the transfer of the knowledge from the theory to the practical.”

20160505_122813In 2013, Kijugu met GHSP Nurse Educator and midwife, Linda Jacobsen. During their year together at Bugando Medical Centre in northern Tanzania they become close colleagues, “We worked together. I know her very well” say Kijugu. “Having the GHSP Volunteers there was very valuable. They helped us so much.”
Today, as Assistant Lecturer and Chairperson of the Department of Maternal and Child Health Nursing at HKMU, Kijugu continues to fulfill her passion for midwifery education. “I enjoy teaching each and every day,” she says, “especially teaching midwifery.”