​Short profiles of our Tanzania alumni

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PENDO BUKOLI, ’06, Supervisor, Cervical Cancer screening, Health Promotion Support, Pwani, Tanzania

Pendo was in-charge of a Cervical Cancer Screening unit at the Ocean Road Cancer Institute where she worked for over eight years, when she studied at AKU. After graduation, an NGO hired her for cervical cancer screening in Pwani and Mtwara, where she has worked for four years. She has established 12 cervical cancer screening sites in the Pwani Region and 10 in Mtwara. She has trained health care providers on how to use cervical cancer screening equipment. Pendo is also involved in the prevention of mother to child transmission (PMCT) of HIV. Pendo has introduced three innovations that save clients the expensive trips to and from Dar es Salaam. “At AKU, I learnt patient assessment and leadership skills which have enhanced my ability to supervise several projects as well as staff. I also improved my nursing competencies”.


Stewart Mbelwa, ‘05  , Senior Instructor, AKU SONAM-EA, Tanzania

Stewart had a Diploma in Nursing 1990 and was nurse anaesthetist in charge before he graduated with the BScN from AKU in 2005 and joined the faculty. He has since completed an MSc in mental health. “AKU was a bridge to further academic advancements”

Stewart’s teaching fields are mental health and psychiatric nursing, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and teaching and learning. His proudest achievement is his impact on the skills of specialized psychiatric nurses in Tanzania.

He is now enrolled in a PhD with the aim to become a full professional researcher in mental health. ”AKU was the university which suited my goals and academic advancements because of this work study program.”