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. ...
Apr 11, 2014

Meet Hawa

The need for more healthcare workers is worldwide but often times students face costly challenges in order to pursue their dreams. Meet Hawa, a nursing student in Kenya, who’s pursuit of her career as a health worker is a story many Kenyan students share.

Meet Hawa

Hawa Y. was born 24 years ago to a family of six in the arid plains of the Garba Tulla District in eastern Kenya. Like many Kenyan women in remote provinces, Hawa’s mother was uneducated and illiterate. Seeing the struggles her mother faced only motivated Hawa to work harder in school and further her education. But motivation is often not enough to overcome some of the many hurdles students in Kenya face. Once Hawa completed her primary education in 2002, she was unable to move on to high school due to lack of funding for school fees. Though this delayed her progress, Hawa persevered and was able to procure funding from a ministry group to attend high school.

In 2005, Hawa’s father suffered from an infection in his lungs. After several months in a public hospital, his condition worsened and he was transferred to a public referral hospital. It was then that her calling to be a health worker began. She witnessed the efforts, the care and concern of the health workers attending to him, and later was encouraged by her father to study medicine, particularly nursing, because, in his words, “nurses are always within a patient’s reach”.

Hawa refocused her efforts, and worked hard to graduate high school with high marks. She was admitted to a public university; however, once again, she was unable to enroll because of a lack of funding. Undeterred, Hawa accepted a job as a cleaner at a pharmacy, which only encourage her dream to practice medicine. “I would listen to him prescribing medication to patients with envy. I wished I was a health worker like him. I prayed to be one someday,” Hawa recalls. In 2011, Hawa was admitted to the Kenya Medical Training College, Machakos. Her mother and several members of the community raised money so that Hawa could attend school. It has been a long, difficult journey to Machakos Medical Training College, but she is now in her second year studying to be a nurse.

Hawa’s struggle to find funding for her academic pursuits is a common one for youth in Kenya. Some of the largest expenses students pursuing a career in health care face are often tuition and living expenses. Sometimes, if they raise the money for tuition like Hawa’s community did for her, the students are then unable to pay rent to live close to school or afford the transportation to get there. Or, that funding runs out, and the student is forced to leave school. The Afya Elimu Fund aims to alleviate this problem by providing loans to students like Hawa, who pursue an education in health care.

Jan 7, 2014

A New Year Brings New Courses

Nursing student at work
Nursing student at work

Dear Friends of IntraHealth International,

Happy New Year! Our 6 nursing students are getting ready to begin their second year at ALKAN University.  As we reflect back on the year and the journey these students have taken, we also look forward to the future and the exciting courses, skills and lessons the students will learn and eventually bring back to their villages. 

Over the past year Fatuma, Almaz, Eyerus, Hawa, Haymont and Tsehay have faced many challenges but accomplished much in their first year at ALKAN University.  Each student moved from their home region to attend the University and begin their studies as nurses.  One of the difficulties all 6 students identified when asked about the challenges they faced was being able to afford basic living expenses, such as rent for an apartment or fare for the bus so they can get to their classes.  It is because of your past support, some of these difficulties have been mitigated, and we have been able to provide these 6 scholars the opportunity to look forward to their next year in school. 

The New Year will bring new academic challenges for Fatuma, Almaz, Eyerus, Hawa, Haymont & Tsehay. Their courses for the upcoming year will cover a variety of topics, from implementing basic nursing care to introduction to pharmacology and from nursing care for mothers and newborns to the disabled and aged.  In addition to these medically geared courses, our scholars will also take classes concerning the business side of the nursing profession.  They will have the opportunity to learn skills such as effective communication, growing and maintaining a customer base and effective management of a team.  For example, in the course titled, “Leading Small Team” students will cover what it means to be a leader, how to maximize performance outcomes, monitoring performances, managing an effective work team and how to give feedback.  This holistic approach will allow students to bring the skills they learned in health care and the skills they learned in business, back to their villages where there are few health workers.

It has been an exciting first year for our scholars and we look forward to reporting on what the New Year will bring and how our students are enjoying their new classes.  To our scholars, best of luck as you begin your second year!  To our donors, thank you for your continued support of our mission to serve as champions of the frontline health worker.  To learn about other ways IntraHealth International is empowering frontline health workers, visit us at www.intrahealth.org or sign up to receive our news and updates.

Nursing student at work
Nursing student at work
Practicing Skills
Practicing Skills
Training
Training
Practicing Skills
Practicing Skills
Oct 1, 2013

Exam Prep for Nursing Students at ALKAN

Nursing Students at Work
Nursing Students at Work

Dear Friends of IntraHealth International,

The nursing students at ALKAN Health Science College in Dessi, Ethiopia, finished the last quarter of their first year at school and spent the summer preparing to take their competency exams. These are national exams, administered by the Amhara Regional State Center of Competence (COC). The students have spent the past year learning some of the basics in nursing and will be tested on topics that range from giving a child a bath and transferring a patient from a bed to a wheelchair to the proper administration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

In order to prepare for the exams, the students took part in a cooperative studies program arranged by the university in different areas in Ethiopia. Many of the students were able to return to their local districts to participate in the cooperative course, which helped alleviate, even if only temporarily, the added challenge and economic burden of being far from home.

Almaz participated in her cooperative course at Ajibar Cologenet Health Center where she worked with other students to review and practice the topics covered throughout the year. These group trainings, she says, will help her pass the exam this October. All of the students said they spent time studying on their own during summer break and some of the students even attended a special tutorial program before beginning their cooperative course. Tsehay says she focused on her studies and “was reading different materials [during the break] targeted to the COC exam.”

To our nursing students pictured above—Almaz, Fatuma, Eyerus, Hawa, Haymont, and Tsehay—best of luck on your competency exams! And to those who support these impressive, committed students and our continued mission to serve as champions of the frontline health worker, thank you. To learn about other ways IntraHealth International is empowering frontline health workers, visit us at www.intrahealth.org or sign up to receive our news and updates.

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