Dr.Rose Jaele NDLOVU


Dr. Rose Jaele NDLOVU76 years olda nurse-midwife from Zimbabwe, has made significant contributions to the development and advancement of nursing and midwifery services that has impacted positively in the lives of people within Zimbabwe and the East, Central and Southern Africa Region.

          Dr. NDLOVU worked in Zambia for 4 years as the first Chairperson of the Department of Post Basic Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, University of Zambia. During that time the diplomas were the highest qualifications that nurse and midwives could acquire locally. Dr. NDLOVU guided the Department in the development of a curriculum for a Post Basic Nursing Degree which passed through the various processes for approval including the final stage through the University Senate. When she left Zambia to return to Zimbabwe the Bachelor Degree of Nursing curriculum was complete and the Degree commenced 1 year later.
           In Zimbabwe, Dr. NDLOVU was firstly employed by the Ministry of Health (MOH), and based at Head Office as the Health Training Coordinator responsible for reviewing all categories of health human resources, identifying deficient areas and making projections to meet the national health needs.
            The position of Health Training Coordinator provided Dr. NDLOVU with many opportunities to travel throughout the country and see first-hand the conditions under which people lived as well as their health needs. As Team leader in the determination of health training requirements, the MOH organized one of the most comprehensive national human resources Planning and Projections Workshop that defined very clearly that nurses and midwives constituted the largest and key component of the national health human resources and that the current education and training facilities available for nurses and midwives required to be expanded to increase the size of student intakes, upgraded to improve the quality of teaching and that it was necessary to upgrade to university level. Working closely with the Zimbabwe Nurses’ Association and armed with information accumulated during the years as Health Training Coordinator, Dr NDLOVU able to present to the authorities a strong case for the establishment of the B.Sc. Nursing Degree at the University of Zimbabwe. Then she was appointed as the Senior Lecturer and Chairperson, and established the new Department of Nursing Science within the Faculty of Medicine and changed all The Post Basic degree to generic B.Sc in Nursing Program. Dr. NDLOVU saw  the need of qualify faculty members so she worked collaborating with Kellogg Foundation to establish Master’ Degree specialty areas in Maternal Child Health, Community Nursing, Medical Surgical Nursing and Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing. Over 200 nurses and midwives have completed their Master’ Degree since the inception of the program. Currently the majority of Nurse Educators in the schools of nursing and midwifery are holders of a Master’s Degree and this has upgraded the standard of teaching in the schools of nursing.
         Dr. NDLOVU has been an External Examiner for diploma and degree nursing programs in several countries in East, Central and Southern Africa.  She also undertaken Short Term Consultancy assignments to review and revise the nursing and midwifery curricula and to integrate HIV and AIDS content in several nursing and midwifery programs in the region. She actively supported the activities of the East, Central and Southern Africa College of Nursing (ECSACON) and was elected Chairperson of the Research Faculty and the President for 4 years. During that period ECSACON completed two major documents-Nursing and Midwifery Regulatory Framework that provide guidelines for defining the scopes of practice for nurses and for midwives and for setting standards and ECSACON Code of Ethics. These guidelines help countries to develop their own country specific guidelines for nursing and midwifery education and practice. Since her retirement from the University of Zimbabwe in December 2004, she has continued to work whit Nursing organizations, universities and the Nurses’ Council of Zimbabwe to contribute to the continuing development and strengthening of nursing and midwifery.

          As mentioned previously, Dr. NDLOVU has made a great contribution to the development and advancement of nursing and midwifery services that have impacted positively in the lives of people within Zimbabwe and the East, Central and Southern Africa Region. Therefore, the Committee of the Princess Srinagarinda Award Foundation under its Royal Patronage, came to a final resolution to award Dr. RoseJaele NDLOVU the Princess Srinagarinda Award for the year 2015.