Ekwendeni Nursing School

Nursing students studying in the Ekwendeni library.

Nursing students studying in the Ekwendeni library.

Malawi

Overview

  • Total Students Enrolled this year – 307
  • Graduates last year- 88

Target Areas for Sustainable Impact

  • Enable students to acquire full-time employment
  • Impact community by increasing the number of qualified medical workers
  • Impact mission hospitals by increasing number of qualified staff available.

Malawi is a country of 13 million people yet there are less than three nurses for every 10,000 people. Nurses form the backbone of medical care in Malawi, providing nursing and midwife care in hospitals and community and rural health clinics.

The nursing school, located adjacent to Ekwendeni Hospital, located in Ekwendeni Malawi (northern Malawi), has trained students for more than 50 years. Currently there are 247 students in the three year program, earning a Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery. Students receive two years of general nursing instruction, followed by one year of midwife training.

Ekwendeni College of Nursing received final authorizations for the Diploma for Clinical Officers Course early this year and was able to start the program in June 2014.

The mission statement posted at the school conveys the Christ-centered focus that permeates throughout this training ministry:

“Ekwendeni College of Nursing through excellence in teaching and learning environment shall train/educate and inspire students in the nursing and midwifery profession within the Christian principles.”

Because of the low income levels in most of Malawi, virtually all students at the Ekwendeni Hospital College of Nursing need scholarship support in order to attend. The Malawi government provides partial and full scholarships to nursing students at Ekwendeni which also means that the government determines where the nurses are posted upon graduation. The Principal of Ekwendeni Nursing School requested that MBF commit to 3 year scholarships for students in the midwifery course, so that the graduating nursing students can be contracted to work at one of the Synod of Livingstonia Hospitals – Ekwendeni, Embangweni, David Gordon Memorial Hospital, or one of the other Synod Hospitals on graduation. These hospitals are all in rural areas, where the demand for health services is high and nurses are in short supply.