Rwandan Midwife Tengera Olive’s Shared her Views about Midwifery Profession and Education on International Day of Midwives: May 05, 2020

Rwandan Midwife Tengera Olive’s Shared her Views about Midwifery Profession and Education on International Day of Midwives: May 05, 2020

 

Olive Tengera is talented and qualified Registered Midwife educator with both clinical and academic experience. Currently, Olive Tengera is working as faculty member and Head of Midwifery department at University of Rwanda. She is highly self-motivated for professional career development and eager to contribute to the transformation of nursing and midwifery profession in Rwanda to reach the highest standard. She has interest in maternal newborn and midwifery education as well as women’s health.

“Let us unite to educate more competent midwives”

Tengera Olive strongly support that the reduction of maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality is one of the most significant target within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Having skilled and competent midwives is one of the indicators to measure the achievement of this important goal. We are still facing the shortage midwives. This shortage negatively impacts maternal and neonatal clinical outcomes, educational outcomes of midwifery students, and the presence of nursing and midwifery leaders at the policy levels.

As an educator, I want to emphasize on how midwifery educators from their respective teaching institutions were united to harmonize midwifery curricula in order to produce more competent midwives

 ... “Together we can…” I love to share my experience as a midwife educator. I remember how midwifery profession in Rwanda has grown fast in five to ten years ago. What I can’t remember is how many Rwandan people from other professionals and even some midwives were thinking that it could not be possible for Rwandan midwives with advanced diploma level to upgrade to any education level. Currently, I loved how midwives worked hard, advocated and their voice has gone up, now things changed, and they started and still upgrading from bachelor’s degree to PhD level. We are proud of their knowledge and skills to achieve the said above goal, Midwives keep it up “the sky is the limit!”

Through this shared experience, I learned about the unite midwives and partnership. Midwives working at the clinical settings are intrinsically motivated to teach and mentor their junior midwife students in order to achieve not only their clinical objectives, as well to move forward for having competent midwives for the future. As a midwife educator, I would like to appreciate with gratitude colleagues midwife educators, mentors, and other healthcare professionals in partnership to educate our midwifery students. As midwife educator, I acknowledge the University of Rwanda Leaders for their support in capacity building of midwives. Our gratitude thanks go to our different partners include UNFPA, Training Support Access Model (TSAM), National Council of Nurses and Midwives, Rwanda Association of Midwives and …, How collaboratively are contributing to success of training competent midwives.

To demonstrate change in maternal and newborn health is our target, let us mobilize all stakeholders to support training of more competent midwives to reach at community level.  Moving to digital world, I liked how midwives’ educators in my department demonstrated that they can teaching online by using UR e- learning platform and continued teaching midwife students during this COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

Empathetic midwives are blessed when making newborn crying and women are smiling with the whole family. Our time is now to celebrate our achievements.

 

Published on May 08, 2020

Author: Olive Tengera, Midwife Educator at University of Rwanda

Edited and Submitted by: Jean Pierre Ndayisenga RM, BScN, MScN, Midwife Educator at the University of Rwanda