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.