AMREF held its 26th graduation ceremony at the headquarters in Nairobi on Tuesday December 11, 2012.
In 2012, AMREF trained 1,700 health and development workers from 35 countries in Africa. Chief Guest Ambassador Sahle-Work Zewde, Director General of the United Nations Office in Nairobi, commended the organisation for its effort in transforming the lives of women and children by increasing the numbers of skilled health workers on the continent, especially nurses and midwives. She said that improving maternal health was a key objective of the work of the United Nations. Echoing AMREF’S international campaign to train 15,000 midwives by 2015, Ambassador Zewde was emphatic that women should not be left to die during pregnancy or childbirth because of a shortage of skilled midwives.
The Registrar of the Nursing Council of Kenya Mrs Elizabeth Oywer, lauded AMREF for partnering with various institutions to improve nursing education and practice in Kenya. She assured AMREF of continued support from the Council.
Ambassador Zewde acknowledged AMREF’s achievement in taking ‘innovation’ to a new level by training health workers using eLearning and in the near future, through mobile phone technology. AMREF Director General Dr Teguest Guerma noted that through eLearning, AMREF has tripled its student enrolment, and that sixty per cent of AMREF’s graduates this year were trained using ICT.
The AMREF International Training Centre continues to be a model for training health workers from across Africa. Those who graduated this year had taken a variety of courses, including Diploma in Community Health (online course), Diploma in Nursing (online course) Certificates in various short courses (classroom and online) and Master in Public Health.