In Pakistan, the maternal mortality rate is very high. More than 30,000 women die every year due to obstetric complications. These deaths are largely preventable with provision of appropriate health care through competent midwives. However, in Pakistan, there was an absence of a structured tutor training program which could produce good quality, well trained, teachers acquainted with modern teaching techniques that could teach and train future midwives.
To provide an intellectually challenging and vocationally relevant program that would equip future tutors with the necessary skills to organize, implement and support the educational need of nursing and midwifery training, Pakistan National Forum on Women Health, in collaboration with the Abu Zafar Institute of Medical Sciences, started a 30-week (two terms) Nursing & Midwifery Tutors Training Course. The objective of the course is to produce good quality, well informed teachers acquainted with modern teaching techniques.
The program was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Tuesday, the 18th of November 2008 at Koohi Goth Hospital. The 1st batch of the Nursing & Midwifery Tutor Training Course graduated in March 2009, and in October 2014, the 11th batch is studying.
This course is spread over 30 weeks, with two terms. The curriculum was designed after detailed discussion with several experts of the nursing & midwifery profession.
Our program is privileged to have a well-qualified faculty, consisting of both Pakistan-trained and internationally trained nurses and midwives, which is always available to our trainees for guidance, even after the completion of their training.
This is a full time residential program for females in which trainees have to stay at the hostel. A furnished hostel is available in Koohi Goth Hospital for this purpose.
Applications are accepted from all over the country on the given applications forms. Both in-service and private candidates are eligible to apply. Applicant must possess one of the following:
· Nursing with Midwifery Diploma
· LHW’s Diploma
· Midwifery Diploma
After obtaining training and spending 30 weeks at Abu Zafar Institute of Medical Sciences all trainees report back to their parent institution and many of them are given the opportunity to teach in different public health, midwifery, or nursing schools in their areas. MNCH programs in Quetta, Azad Kashmir, and Lahore have sent their midwifery instructors for training.
We believe that standard of nursing and midwifery will not improve without skilled and professional trainers. We hope that one day all nursing and midwifery schools will produce competent, confident and trained nurses and midwives to provide international standards of health care in Pakistan.