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.