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. ...
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.

Aug 25, 2014

The Impact of Training Nursing Students

The nursing students at Alkan Health Science College began the third quarter of their second year this July and have continued pursuing their studies in areas of predetermined key competencies to improve the nursing skills they have already begun to develop. As we follow their studies, it is important to remember the impact these scholarships are having not just on the lives of these six students, but also in the communities they will serve.

Ethiopia is one of the most populated countries in Africa, second only to Nigeria. Providing healthcare to such a large and continuously growing population is especially challenging. In addition to being densely populated, Ethiopia is also a mountainous country which makes reaching rural areas extremely difficult. However, each of these six students will bring back their advanced skills to a rural community in Ethiopia, and serve a population that otherwise would not have access to basic health care.

The rapidly growing population highlights particularly the importance of training more nurses and midwives to be skilled birth attendants. This is one of the key competency areas these students are studying through hands-on training in the skills laboratory to learn the process of labor and listen to classroom lectures on the female reproductive system. Eyerus reflects on the community and the role she will play as she practices the skills she’s learned in child and maternal health at nearby health center: “I have an interest to be part of the community fight[ing] to reduce the death of mothers and babies.”

Thank you to Eyerus, and the five other nursing students: Almaz, Hawa, Fatuma, Tsehay, and Haymanot for continuing to share your hard work and learning experiences with us. To our donors, thank you for supporting these students and the thousands of people they will one day serve. Together we can build a healthier world.

Jul 29, 2014

In Service Training for Practicing Nurses

In addition to helping those wishing to pursue an education in health, The Afya Elimu Fund also helps those who wish to further their training; nurses like Phyllis.

Phyllis has worked at the Tenwek Hospital’s Continuing Care Clinic (CCC) for most of her nursing career, but she was not always trained in the more specialized area of adult antiretroviral therapy, or the ability to administer HIV medications, and this made her job more difficult. Before the training, there were times Phyllis struggled to help patients understand the more technically complex issues associated with HIV, which frustrated her greatly. One such issue was when a patient was not responding well to treatment. “I have had an experience where a patient comes and tells you ‘I have done everything you told me but my situation is not improving.’ It made me sad.”

HIV/AIDS is one of the greatest health challenges Kenyans face. According to UNAIDS, over 1,600,000 (approximately 6% of the population) Kenyans are living with HIV, most of whom are highly dependent on antiretroviral therapy. By increasing the number of health workers trained in antiretroviral treatment, the number of those receiving medication will greatly increase.

Since receiving additional in-service training, Phyllis now has a different experience as she attends to the numerous clients who visit her clinic every day. “The knowledge I gained has really helped me serve the clients better. I now have a lot of confidence as I serve my clients because I have the knowledge that I need.”

Phyllis says one of the most helpful things she learned at the training is how to monitor patients’ progress and quickly identify the causes of health concerns.

“I am now able to detect any failures in the patient and diagnose the cause. This is something I could not do before. It has made my clients happy.”

Thank you to our donors who support the Afya Elimu Fund and provide both new and continued training to healthworkers in Kenya.  Together, we can create a healthier world.

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