In 1959, two years after setting up the Hospital, Father Giuseppe Ambrosoli founded St. Mary’s Midwifery Training School to provide an effective and sustainable solution to maternity- and childbirth-related problems, one of the main causes of the high death rate in Africa.
The School, which offers two academic programs for midwives and charge midwives, operates in close cooperation with the Hospital, thus creating a virtuous cycle supporting medical training and activities.
The School is considered as a center of excellence in specialist medical training and it has been officially recognized by Uganda’s Ministry of Health as the best Midwifery Specialist Training School in the country.
More than 1,300 midwives have graduated from St. Mary’s Midwifery Training School; through their professionalism, they have contributed to disease prevention and treatment and women’s training, not only in Uganda, but also in many other countries of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Sr. Carmel Abwot is the Principal, as well as one of the tutors, of St. Mary’s Midwifery Training School. She graduated in Medical Education at the University of Wales in Cardiff and completed her specialization in the UK. For over 10 years, Sr. Carmel has been preparing students at the School to work in the most extreme conditions.
Besides the Ambrosoli Foundation, St. Mary’s Midwifery Training School is also supported by the Family Copeland Foundation of Bill and Holly Copeland from California. The Foundation provides support to the students, teachers, and administrators of St. Mary’s Midwifery Training School in the form of educational scholarships, facility improvements, teaching aids as well as promotion of the school itself.