Historic Background

Actually Kabgayi School of Nursing and Midwifery is a Government subsidized high learning institution.

  • In 1949 : Kabgayi Diocese started the training of two years of assistant midwives who were chosen among the best girls workers of the Kabgayi Hospital. The experience of the program leads to the opening of a real School of comprehensive nursing and midwifery.
  • In 1952 : The School of Kabgayi trained nurses and midwives at A3 for a duration of three years. An entry exam was given to select candidates. Many young girls with 3 years of secondary level were admitted.

In the following years, many reforms have been made to address the need of the population and the priorities of education and health sector. There were some changes in 1962, 1966, 1979, 1993, 1995 and 2005.

In 2005 the need to restructure nursing and midwifery Education in the country was raised. Kabgayi School of Nursing and Midwifery with others (Five schools of nursing and midwifery) were selected to be a higher education institution and was mandated to produce high qualified health professionals. A recommended competences based program were introduced and implemented.

In 2007 the School started the education of Nurses and Midwives for Advanced Diploma level.

In 2009 Kabgayi SNM started the bridging program to upgrade A2 Nurses at an advanced diploma level.

In 2012 the School introduce an E-learning program to upgrade, especially designed for nurses working in Hospital and Health Centers.

Now the need to meet the new standards of Nursing Education in the Region of East Africa Community and the ratio Nurse/population recommended for better quality care is still low and requires a change in nursing and midwifery curriculum. The raising in number and quality of graduates is a priority.

This first graduation of 191 students nurses and midwives is an opportunity for us to advocate for better quality care in all health settings. For graduates it is an occasion to be confident and professional.