When a midwife or nurse qualifies and then gets employment, they are expected to work as a ‘volunteer’ for one year to pay back the government for their training. These volunteer midwives are usually only paid 50,000 shillings a month which is around £10.
In Uganda there a number of midwives who are qualified but when they finished their training there were no jobs. Many will find alternative work, but then returning to midwifery can be very difficult as they have no experience, or they are just given a job with no updating of skills. There is now a government drive to increase the midwifery workforce and we would like to offer some of these midwives an opportunity to return to midwifery by gaining some post-registration experience with us, either in our Runga clinic, on the wards in Azur or in a government Health Centre III in the community, and attending our mandatory training.
We may not be in a position to offer these volunteer midwives a full time job ourselves at the end of their time with us, but they will have more skills and experience to put on a CV when applying for a permanent midwifery job.
WHAT MAMA IS DOING
Supporting qualified midwives to get midwifery experience
Funding living costs for one year while qualified midwives volunteer their services
Providing a route for qualified midwives to develop in the profession
HOW YOU CAN HELP
£25 per month supports a volunteer midwife with living costs.