Associate Professor (Ms.) Pauline Peter MELLA and Dr. Rose Jaele NDLOVU

Year: 
2015
Laureate
Biography: 

Associate Professor Pauline Peter MELLA, 73 years old, a nurse midwife from Tanzania, has enormously contributed to the development of nursing profession in Tanzania since her graduation, 

 

Country: 
Tanzania

 

by advancement of nursing and midwifery education from the level of one year Diploma training in the hospital to Baccalaureate degree in the university and establishment different schools of nursing and midwifery in the country. This result in improving quality and accessibility of care service to people of Tanzania.    
       In moving nursing education from one year training to Baccalaureate Degree under the university, it was a real struggle for Associate Professor MELLA; first to convince the nursing community that it was the time that Tanzania had its own undergraduate degree program. Second, she was the only professional nurse sitting on an academic board of male doctors who did not believe in nurses having a degree. Third, she encountered barriers at the Ministry of Health. However, with her perseverance, commitment and professionalism, finally, the Minister of Health in Tanzania accepted the proposal for a nursing degree and urged other authorities to support. 
       The First Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum was approved by all relevant bodies at Muhimbili University, College of Health Sciences, and Associate Professor MELLA became the First Dean. To further improve quality of nursing education, Associate Professor MELLA managed to establish four- year project collaboration with the Dalhousie University School of Nursing, Canada and Nursing Education Department at Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences). Through this project, the curriculum for the Bachelor Degree was further refined; seven Nurse Tutors were provided with scholarships to pursue Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Canada (under CIDA) and one Canadian Professor was able to come to Tanzania to strengthen teaching as well as curriculum support at the Faculty of Nursing- Muhimbili for 3 years. Seven other Universities have been established and are offering undergraduate and post graduate degrees for nurses.
        After her initial retirement, Associate Professor MELLA became the first Dean at The Faculty of Nursing of the Private University in Tanzania, currently, Hubert Kairuki Memorial University (HKMU). She developed the first Baccalaureate Program in Nursing, and is still working and leading there. As a Dean in her current position, she signed a memorandum of understanding between Global Health Alliance, Western, Western Australia (GHAWA) and Hubert Kairuki Memorial University, to further improve nursing and nursing education and research for the nurses in Tanzania.
         Associate Professor MELLA has participated as leadership in the local and international organizations such as; Tanzania National Nurses Association,  consultant to Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Tanzania on different professional issues,  East, Central and Southern Africa College of Nursing (ECSACON), International Council of Nurses (ICN), International Council on Women’s Health Issues (ICWHI). She is one of the Reviewers of articles of the Journal of the International Council on Women’s Health Issues “Health Care for Women International” Through her leadership; she has inspired many of her students who have also climbed the professional ladder to leadership positions.
          Associate Professor MELLA received Award from Tanzania Nurses’ Association and Tanzania Nurses’ Council for her leadership in development of nursing education in Tanzania and Taylor & Francis Lectureship Award for the work for women.

          As described Professor MELLA has made great significant contributions to the improvement of quality of nursing and nursing education in Tanzania. Therefore, the Committee of the Princess Srinagarinda Award Foundation under Royal Patronage, has come to its final resolution to award Associate Professor Pauline Peter MELLA the Princess Srinagarinda Award for the year 2015.

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