Healthcare receives boost as more than 500 Amref Health Africa graduates join sector

31st graduation is the last for Amref International Training Centre as it marks its transition to Amref International University.

Kenya’s and Africa’s healthcare sector is today set to benefit from the fresh entry of 560 healthcare professionals with diplomas and certificates in community health, nursing, midwifery and other fields.

The professionals graduated from Amref International Training Centre in an elaborate graduation ceremony that drew the attendance of the Education, Science and Technology Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i, who was the Guest of Honour at the event.

This was the institution’s 31st graduation ceremony and its last as Amref International Training Centre. It will now transition into Amref International University after receiving the letter of Interim Authority from the Ministry of Education on August 1st 2017 upon the recommendation of the Commission of University Education.

Dr. Matiang’i commended Amref Health Africa for this transition, noting that he was confident that Amref would continue transforming the training of health workers in Kenya and the African continent as a whole.

Healthcare receives boost as more than 500 Amref Health Africa graduates join sector

Dr Fred Matiang`i hands over the letter of Interim Authority to Dr Githinji Gitahi during the graduation ceremony today

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The Education Cabinet Secretary also congratulated the 560 professionals who graduated.

“There is no doubt that these health professionals have acquired the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies to effectively play their role in the health sector of this country,” said Dr. Matiang’i.

Africa has a shortfall of more than 1.2 million health workers, underlining the need to expand training in the continent.  Amref Health Africa has been at the forefront in bridging the health worker gap through training, including mobile and e-Learning.

Healthcare receives boost as more than 500 Amref Health Africa graduates join sector

Dr. Githinji Gitahi, the Group CEO of Amref Health Africa, noted that the transition from a mid-level college to a university would play a crucial role in arming Africa’s healthcare workforce with additional skills and knowledge to help its people.

“Many of our diploma graduates will now be able to enroll at Amref International University to upgrade their qualification to degree and masters level. This will have a transformative impact on Kenya’s and Africa’s health system, which still grapples with workforce deficits,” noted Dr. Gitahi.

Speech by Fred Matiang’i, Cabinet Secretary, Education, Science and Technology 

Speech by Dr Githinji Gitahi, Group CEO Amref Health Africa

Speech by Dr Peter M. Ngatia, Director for Training, Amref Health Africa

Kenyan Government Authorises Amref International University

Nairobi August 4, 2017

Kenya’s Commission for University Education has given Amref Health Africa the green light to start and operate the Amref International University (AMIU).

The Commission has granted AMIU a Letter of Interim Authority (LIA) with effect from August 1, 2017.  The University will focus on health-related courses with a focus on public and community health.

Amref Health Africa Group Chief Executive Officer Dr Githinji Gitahi, said the university will focus on courses that respond to the severe shortage of health care providers and public health leaders in Africa.

“Today marks the beginning of an exciting journey for us.  The letter of Interim Authority we have received will enable Amref to address the high demand for medical and public health training across the continent,” said Dr Gitahi.

Dr Gitahi said quality health education is a key enabler to solving the health myriads of challenges that face the African continent.

“Universal Health Care will only be attained if we have adequate and well-motivated health workers. Attainment of Sustainable Development Goal Number 3 on Good Health and Wellbeing will be a distant dream unless the severe shortage of health workers is addressed,” he added.

The university will offer training in unique health disciplines such as Rehabilitation Medicine, Leadership, Management and Governance in health, among others.

AMIU is also expected to undertake high level heath systems research for policy formulation and improved practice and act as a hub of scholarship dedicated to community and public health in sub-Saharan Africa. The university will further promote application of relevant and innovative teaching and learning approaches in providing medical education and training.

“In order to achieve improved healthcare and awareness of disease prevention, the continent needs to fill the health workforce gap through innovative training and deploying highly skilled practitioners,” said Amref’s Director of Training, Dr Peter Ngatia.

The initial seat of AMIU is on Langata Road in Nairobi, at the current location of Amref International Training Centre.

Amref Health Africa is headquartered in Nairobi and is currently implementing projects that reach people in more than 30 countries across Africa, benefiting hundreds of  mainly  rural  and marginalised communities. This year alone its programmes have reached over 10 million people in Africa.

Amref AVTS eLearning Courses March and May 2017 Intakes

Amref Health Africa through its Virtual Training School is currently offering various courses for health workers and invites applicants to apply for the March and May 2017 intakes.

The courses are offered via distance-eLearning mode and employ a flexible approach that allows you to study at your own time and pace as you work and attend to your usual daily activities . The nurses who join the upgrading courses get an opportunity to access funding from Johnson and Johnson in partnership with Amref Health Africa.

Click here to download full details and apply before 30 January 2017. Read more about the Amref Virtual Training School