Nurses Come Out of Retirement to Fight HIV in Namibia

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August 03, 2017 They’re still strong—and ready to help end the country’s epidemic. This aritcle originally appeared in Devex: Shirley Mwellie was about to get on a plane when she got the letter. It had arrived while she was visiting family in her hometown of Windhoek, Namibia, on leave from her job in England, where she’d been working as a nurse for 14 years. Mwellie is 69, well past the mandatory retirement age of 60 for nurses in Namibia. The letter caught her eye because it was addressed to Namibian nurses either in retirement or about to retire, who were up for a challenge: Would they like to keep working for another two years and help fill a crucial gap in the country’s health workforce?

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Nurses Come Out of Retirement to Fight HIV in Namibia