IntraHealth International

Our commitment: IntraHealth is a global champion for health workers. We have pledged to double our impact between 2011 and 2015 to ensure that more health workers are present, ready, connected, and safe. Mission: IntraHealth empowers health workers to better serve communities in need around the world. We foster local solutions to health care challenges by improving health worker performance, strengthening health systems, harnessing technology, and leveraging partnerships. ...
Mar 19, 2015

Hope For Needy Students

Dominic at Tenwek Mision Hospital
Dominic at Tenwek Mision Hospital

In a small, three-bed ward at the Tenwek Mission hospital’s Maternity wing, Dominic moves about, assisting mothers and their newborn babies. He loves his work and has wanted to be a health worker since he was a child. But for this third year nursing student, the journey has not been smooth. He has had to miss classes on many occasions and pick up various jobs in order to pay tuition.

Kenya is in dire need of qualified health workers with only 15 health workers to every 10,000 people according to World Health Organization. And to make matters worse, many of Kenya’s health professional students are unable to pay their annual tuition fees—approximately 70,000 Kenyan Shillings ($767) for most public, middle-level colleges that offer certificate and diploma programs.  This leads to a high drop-out rate for students like Dominic, despite their motivation and passion for their careers.

Dominic is among 2050 students across Kenya whom Afya Elimu Fund (AEF) has provided hope and a stable source of funding for their training. To these students, donations from donors make the difference between saving lives and simply trying to make ends meet. For the 2000 students, AEF is a stress-free source of tuition as no interest is charged during their time in school.

What makes the AEF fund sustainable - and your donation go further - is that on completion of studies, students are given a one year grace period before commencement of repayment of loans at an interest rate of 4%. These repayments are reinvested back in to the fund as a resource for future students.  The fund seeks to ensure that all aspiring health workers, like Dominic, realize their dreams, improve the quality of health care and equitable distribution of health care workers across the country thus providing for the future health of all Kenya citizens.

We thank you for your continued support of the Afya Elimu Fund and students like Dominic!

Jan 9, 2015

Stories from the Field

Fatuma
Fatuma

Happy New Year from Tsehay, Fatuma, Hawa, Almaz, Eyerus, and Haymanot at Alkan University in Ethiopia! These nursing students at Alkan University have just finished a busy semester, where they began interacting with patients more closely, and practicing the skills they have been studying and learning over the course of their training.

We asked the students to report back on some of the interactions they had with their patients and the challenges they faced after completing this past training block. From challenging client cases, to administering medications, to consultations on what family planning option is best, the nursing students have been utilizing the skills they learned in the classroom, in the field.

Fatuma told a story about her apprenticeship at a health station, where her training helped her properly care for a client and respond quickly to a crisis. She was working with a patient who suffered anaphylactic shock after administering a dose of penicillin: “One day a patient was coming to take penicillin medication. I was alone and it was my first time to inject that medicine. I gave her and the patient went into shocked. But I immediately I gave adrenaline and she recovered.”

Tsehay talked about a problem many health care providers in the US talk about as well. The challenge she discussed was clients not taking the full course of their medications. Despite this she says “[nursing] taught me how to work with patients. I am happy working with patients. I am satisfied when I am giving care to them even in difficult circumstances.”

Almaz told of an instance when she was administering vaccines during her apprenticeship and faced reluctance from the client. “When I was attending my cooperative training at the health center, I was in the EPI room to give vaccine. One mother was not voluntary to give the vaccine for her child…I aware her that no problem would have happened and she became voluntary.” Almaz learned that by sharing her knowledge, she can ease fears and help the community.

Regardless of the challenges, all of the students mentioned their love of the profession and their relationship with the clients. Hawa says about her clients, “My relationship with them is friendly. I communicate with them, giving care and help them as much as I can in an ethical manner.”

To our donors, thank you for your continued support of these incredible women. And to our nursing students, thank you for sharing your stories with us and best of luck as you complete your year!

Haymanot
Haymanot
Eyerus
Eyerus
Tsehay
Tsehay
Hawa
Hawa
Almaz
Almaz
Dec 2, 2014

Rescued Learning

Rescued Learning

Keeping students of healthcare in class

“When I received admission to study nursing at Tenwek School of Nursing my excitement overshadowed the financial challenges we had as a family. And yes, it has been tough, but the Afya Elimu Fund has given life to my story” says Caren, sharing her journey as a nursing student.

Caren is in her third year of study, pursuing a diploma in nursing at the Tenwek School of Nursing in Bomet County, Kenya. Caren is the second in a family of five, and carries her family’s hope for a better future. Her elder sister dropped out of school for marriage due to financial difficulties.

For Caren, going to school was not easy. When she received her admission letter, her father called her uncles and aunties to seek support for her tuition. “Sad as it may sound, they advised my father to marry me off. I am thankful that my father understands my passion to advance my studies beyond high school. He told them his daughter would go to school even if he would have nothing left.”

Caren’s father organized a fundraising event, which enabled her to report to school, but the money did not last long. She was soon sent back home for failure to pay school fees. “To reduce the frequency of disruptions, my father offered to supply the school with items from our small farm. While this kept me in school for some time, it deprived my family of their livelihood, they lacked more and more and it pained me so much.”

Caren’s determination to get a nursing diploma kept her going. In spite of the financial difficulty, she kept returning to school, hoping against hope that she was considered enrolled in classes. In her second year, she sought support from the Constituency Development Fund whose support covered fees for one semester. The remaining semester had many interruptions.

“I had no peace of mind and could not concentrate on my studies. I worried about where I would get money to pay for my fees. Besides, every time I would be sent home, I would lose a lot.”.

“The Afya Elimu Fund provided me with a lot of relief. I received loans that enabled me to clear my arrears and pay part of third year fees” Caren said.

Caren is grateful for the opportunity to concentrate for the first time on her studies—she can already feel her performance improving. Equally as important to her is that her father can now turn his full attention to supporting her siblings. 

To Caren, best of luck with your studies and your career as a health worker.  To our donors, thank you for your support in ensuring more health workers, like Caren, will be present, ready, connected and safe.

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