My mother has voluntarily retired at fifty five years of age after working for more than thirty years as a midwife in government hospitals. She has opted to go to her home village where she owns a big parcel of land and wants to establish a private nursing and midwifery home. Is this allowed in Tanzania?
Private nursing and midwifery homes are allowed in Tanzania. Registration of the private nursing and midwifery home is governed by the Nursing and Midwifery Act, 2010 (the Act). The Act requires any person who intends to establish a private nursing, maternity service or a maternity home to be operated by a licensed nurse or midwife to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (the Council) for registration and licensing. On application, the Council shall not register a nursing or maternity service or a maternity home unless the Registrar is satisfied that there is a licensed nurse or midwife employed on a full time basis to operate the nursing or maternity service and who will be responsible to oversee professional issues.
For a person to qualify to establish a private nursing and midwifery home, he/she must be in a Roll of Nurses and Midwives and must be registered and served as a nurse or midwife for at least 3 years in a recognised health facility. If your mother is enrolled by the Council, and given her 30 years’ experience, she is eligible to establish and run such a private home. The Council may, if satisfied that your mother possesses the necessary qualifications and after making inspection of the area where she intends to operate and after receiving the prescribed fee, authorise registration and issue an appropriate license to your mother.