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AMREF MDI CHIP
The Management Development Institute (MDI) for Health Care Organizations is a one-week intensive program designed to enhance the leadership and management skills of program managers and leaders of sub-Saharan African organizations.
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Laboratory Courses
Laboratory Services are an essential component of health care delivery and can be utilised effectively at every level of health care delivery. In the African region, many commonly presenting diseases may be diagnosed using basic
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Short Courses
Amref Health Africa Short Courses: If you work in health care, a development organisation or in the caring industry at any level, then AMREF has the course for you. AMREF’s mission is to create vibrant networks of informed communities
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AMREF and UON Sign MOU to train Bsc Nurses via eLearning

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AMREF and the University of Nairobi , College of Health Sciences today signed a Memorandum of Understanding effectively entering into a collaboration to offer an RN BSc Nursing E-learning programme.
The degree programme is set to start in September 2012 and will be an upgrading program targeting registered diploma community health and midwifery nurses. The program is meant to produce a higher caliber nurse to improve and standardize quality of care in all levels of the health system.

The 2 ½ year course will be offered by both institutions to applicants from Kenya and the rest of Africa vetted in line with the Nursing Council of Kenya’s selection criteria.
This collaborative effort sets a precedent in that it is the first e-learning degree programme for  nurses and is in line with AMREF’s Stand up for African Mothers Campaign which seeks to train 15 000 midwives from now to 2015, with a view to reducing 25% of maternal mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Speaking during the signing of the MOU, the Principle of the College of Health Sciences Prof Isaac Kibwage said that the programme would leverage on the expertise and strengths of both institutions.

Dr. Peter Ngatia who signed the MOU on behalf of AMREF’s reiterated that the initiative was a step in the right direction as AMREF’s vision for lasting health change in Africa was invariably linked to the training of health practitioners and providers. He also called upon commitment by all parties and urged all to venture into reaching other institutions with e-learning.

Air Ambulance of the Year 2011

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AIR AMBULANCE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR AWARD 2011


AMREF Flying Doctors is extremely proud to be the winner of this year’s prestigious Air Ambulance Provider of the Year Award.

The ITIJ (International Travel Insurance Journal) yearly awards are voted for by over 50.000 readers of ITIJ and other stakeholders within the international industry, representing the global travel/ medical insurance industry, air ambulance providers, underwriters to assistance companies and cost containment entities.

The companies with the most votes go through to be award finalists and each one submits a presentation to an independent judging panel, which decides on the ultimate winner based on achievements and outstanding performances throughout the year, as well as overall development, expansion and future vision. Each finalist also has to produce and submit a 45 second film clip that is presented at the price giving ceremony.

The award was announced and presented at the Gala Dinner during the International Travel Insurance Conference in Lisbon, Portugal on 3rd of November 2011 and received on behalf of AMREF Flying Doctors by CEO & Medical Director Dr.Bettina Vadera and COO Sean Culligan.

In front of 600 delegates, representing 54 countries worldwide, the award to AMREF Flying Doctors was greeted with cheers and a standing ovation from the audience who appreciate the professionalism and respect the work carried out by AMREF Flying Doctors both regionally and internationally.

http://www.amref.org/flying-doctors/

AVNS launches new courses

The AMREF Virtual Training School has launched new eLearning courses for health workers. The courses will be offered via distance/eLearning mode and employ a flaxible approach that will enable learners study at their own pace.

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KWFT, Johnson&Johnson and AMREF Financing Nurses for eLearning

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The Kenya Women Finance Trust Deposit Taking Microfinance Limited (KWFT‐DTM) has partnered with AMREF and Johnson and Johnson to make eLearning Nurse upgrading program affordable. The programme that enables Nurses upgrade from Enrolled Nurses (ECHN) to Registered Nurses (RN) was launched 5 yrs ago jointly by NCK (Nursing council of Kenya), MOH and AMREF and is offered in 110 fully equipped eLearning centers across the country.The program uses modular blended learning approach which combines eLearning with face‐to‐face sessions, clinical experience and written exams at the end of each module. The eLearning program was born from the Ministry of health and Nursing Council of Kenya's desire to improve the standards of nursing care by equipping enrolled nurses with the skills to manage new and re‐emerging diseases and to improve the health of Women and Children in Kenya.

In 2004, 85% of Kenya's nurses were Enrolled Nurses (ECHNs), who do not possess the skills tomanage the major health problems including HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB and other communicablediseases. ECHNs also lack skills and knowledge in nursing research, leadership andmanagement. Registered Nurses have the skills but are too few to make significant impact inthe fight against preventable, treatable and not‐treatable diseases which compound the poverty situation in Kenya. In 2002, Nursing Council of Kenya and Ministry of Medical Servicesagreed that all 22,000 enrolled nurses in Kenya need to be upgraded to registered status. At the time, Kenya could upgrade only 100 Enrolled Nurses (ENs) to Registered Nurses (RNs) annually using traditional classroom methods. Clearly a different approach was required to rapidly andcost‐effectively up‐skill the nurses. 

In 2004, 85% of Kenya's nurses were Enrolled Nurses (ECHNs), who do not possess the skills tomanage the major health problems including HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB and other communicablediseases. ECHNs also lack skills and knowledge in nursing research, leadership andmanagement. Registered Nurses have the skills but are too few to make significant impact inthe fight against preventable, treatable and not‐treatable diseases which compound the poverty situation in Kenya. In 2002, Nursing Council of Kenya and Ministry of Medical Servicesagreed that all 22,000 enrolled nurses in Kenya need to be upgraded to registered status. At the time, Kenya could upgrade only 100 Enrolled Nurses (ENs) to Registered Nurses (RNs) annually using traditional classroom methods. Clearly a different approach was required to rapidly andcost‐effectively up‐skill the nurses.

 
The AMREF Virtual Learning School (AVNS) was set up in 2007 and is one of the 34 schools offering the eLearning Nurse Upgrading Programme. AVNS is located at AMREF International Training Centre on Langata Road. The AMREF Virtual Nursing School was set up to provide nurses with increased access to quality nursing education thus improving healthcare. AVNS has a current capacity of up to 60 students per intake. Intakes are in March and September each year.
 
Although eLearning reduced the overall cost of nurse training by eliminating large cost elements such as boarding, transportation, and lost wages, a survey conducted in April 2009 by
AMREF, Nurses Council of Kenya and Ministry of Medical Services indicated that out of the students who are yet to enroll into the programme, 74% indicate that the reason they have not enrolled is lack of school fees.
 
KWFT which has a countrywide network of 215 offices offers the Unsecured Financing covering tuition fee per module for applicants accepted into the eLearning programme. Successful applicants receive admission letters which they then use to apply for permission to join the course from their employer. This admission letter is also used when nurses apply for the loan from KWFT. The Customized, unsecured and affordable financing is open to both employed and unemployed nurses through a tailored structure that enables them repay the loan with ease.
 
The students have the privilege to train as they work at the eLearning centers close to them. The modular program also allows Nurses upgrade at their own pace and convenience with flexible eLearning resources. The students are examined and certified by the Nursing Council of Kenya.