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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. ...
Oct 5, 2012

Back to School at Alkan University

(c) Alkan University - Staff ready for students
(c) Alkan University - Staff ready for students
For many of us, the fall season reminds us of the end of our summer break and a return to school. At the Alkan University Health Sciences College, this is no different. The school year is underway, and students are filing into lecture halls and practical laboratories to study nursing and midwifery.
Alkan University welcomes students for programs in medical sciences, community and public health, business, and technology. It offers training programs that are from 6 months to 5 years long.  Its core mission and values are to produce competent health professionals who participate in hands-on professional development activities to expand their knowledge, and who respond to societal problems through active community engagement. (Adapted from http://alkan.edu.et)
We are in the process of selecting this project's scholarship beneficiairies and will introduce you to our nursing scholars as soon as we can.  Once they successfully complete their training, they will have the opportunity to join a thriving community of practice, the Ethiopian Nursing Association (ENA).  In anticipation of their induction to ENA, we share some history about nursing in Ethiopia: 
"Modern nursing in Ethiopia started in the later part of the 19th century by Swedish Missionaries who came to Eritrea in 1866. Years later the nursing service was extended to other parts of the country still by expatriate nurses from Sweden, Russia, and France. During this time some clinics and hospitals were opened in some parts of the country. Thus the need for nurses was felt more than ever. Around 1928 elderly women were recruited and were given short term training to serve as nurses and midwives. In 1949 the first School of Nursing (The Ethiopian Red Cross) was opened in the former Haile Selassie I Hospital (Now Yekatit 12 Hospital beginning of the modern nurses education). Students were recruited from 8th grade and the training duration was 3 ½ years. In the following years other schools of nursing were opened. One of the schools (Gonder) was training community nurses who were basically working in the community while the other schools train bedside nurses who work mainly in hospital settings.

In 1977, three years after the downfall of the Emperors regime, the nurse training was revised at a national level and a decision was made to train one category of nurse namely "Comprehensive nurse" who can function at all levels of health institutions. Thus the training of community nurses was discontinued. The academic entry requirement at this time was raised to 12th grade completion and the duration shortened to 2 ½ years. After the dawn fall of the Derge regime, since 1991, the training duration reduced by ½ years to only 2 years and the comprehensive form of training changed to specialized form of training.

The training of different types of nurses then started for two years in most training institutions and begins to train clinical nurses, public health nurses & midwives.  A remarkable event to be mentioned in the history of nursing in Ethiopia is the launching of post basic baccalaureate program in nursing in 1994 in the former Jimma institute of health science (now Jimma University)."  (Adapted from http://www.ena.org.et/)
 
Aug 14, 2012

Thank you for supporting health worker training!

Alkan University midwives in training
Alkan University midwives in training

To our generous donors,

Thank you so much for your kindness in support to train new health workers in Malawi.

Funds raised since September 2010 will be reallocated to Train New Health Workers in Ethiopia: Save Lives! This project supports the training of nursing students in Ethiopia's Alkan Health Science College. By educating this cadre of health workers, primary health care services will be more readily available to men, women, and children in high-need communities.  For an exciting update from Ethiopia please click this link. The academic year is fast approaching, and future nursing and midwifery students are preparing for their studies. We can't wait to help them access a high quality training and begin practicing!

If you would prefer that your donation be applied toward another GlobalGiving project, please email rdeussom@intrahealth.org by August 31st.

Thank you for your continued commitment to providing solutions to the global health workforce crisis, one health worker at a time!

 

IntraHealth International  |  Because Health Workers Save Lives.

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Jul 5, 2012

Supporting nursing education in Ethiopia

According to the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health, there is only 1 nurse for every 3,012 people, and only 1 midwife for every 39,758 people.  The country is committed to increasing the number of nurses and midwives by 2015, but there is a shortage of funding for tuition.

The Alkan University College of Health Sciences, located in Addis Ababa, offers nursing and midwivery degrees from their faculty of community health. Alkan University College is a private college founded in 2002 as a memorial of Hakim
Workneh Eshete, the first and famous former Ethiopian physician. The college is now upgraded its status to University College by including other training programs.

This project will support the education of 6 diploma nurses for two years, preferably female students from rural, remote or underserved areas of Ethiopia.  

 

* Please note: This project was originally designated for a nursing school in Uganda, but because they were not able to take additional students for this current school year, the project will instead support nursing students in Ethiopia.

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