Train new health workers in Ethiopia: Save lives!

Apr 4, 2013

The hopes and dreams of our nursing scholars

Alkan's community nursing scholars

Greetings friends of IntraHealth and ALKAN Health University,

We are happy to report that our six community nursing scholars are deep in their first semester of studies. All six are currently taking the following courses:

  • Work effectively in Health Industry
  • Comply with Infection Control Policies and Procedures
  • Follow the Organization’s OHS policies
  • Handle Waste in a Health Care Environment
  • Perform General Cleaning Tasks in a Clinical Setting
  • Prepare and Manage Beds
  • Collect and Manage Linen Stock at User-Locations
  • Undertake Routine Inventory Maintenance
  • Civics
  • Entrepreneurship

We invite you to learn more about our community nursing scholars. Many thanks to Adamu Kassie for completing the interviews.*  Below, read about how they are reacting to the news of their scholarship, their expectations about the training, and what they hope to do once they become professional health workers:

Almaz B. is 19 from the Tenta woreda. Her father is daily laborer. Almaz was interested to continue her college education in the health sector because she observes a lot of people in her community suffer from easily curable diseases. Almaz said, “This opportunity has a remarkable place in my life. Starting from this day I am ready to be a hard working student and complete my education successfully.” As a community nurse, Almaz hopes “to serve her community with good ethics according to the profession.”

Fatuma M. is 20 and comes from the Albuko woreda. Fatuma’s parents are farmers. She understands that being a nurse can help save a lot of lives in rural areas. That is why she decided to become a nurse.  With the knowledge and skills that she will gain, Fatuma hopes “to serve my community based on what I have learned, and to help my parents economically.”

Tsehay A. was born 21 years ago in the Marye woreda. Her father passed away before she turned 10 years old. Supported only by her mother, Tsehay couldn’t continue her college education due to financial difficulties. But now with a scholarship, Tsehay said, “thanks to Intra Health International and ALKAN University College, I got the best opportunity in my life.” She hopes that she will be a good and professional nurse through hard work. Tsehay aspires to someday open her own personal clinic.

Haymanot A. was born in Afar Region, in the rural area near Asaita. She is 17 years old. She said there is a great shortage of health professionals in the Afar Region. For this reason, she decided to become a nurse. Once she becomes a professional health worker, she especially hopes to serve the mothers in her community. In addition, she will be providing economic support to her family.

Hawa I. is from the town of Semera in the Afar Region and is 21 years old. Hawa has always admired the nursing profession. Her dream was to become a nurse so that she could serve her people. Hawa said, “I am lucky to
get this opportunity and I will work very hard to successfully complete the [nursing] program.” She hopes to continue improving her education, knowledge and skills so that she may serve her community as a nurse.

Genet A. is 21. Her parents’ economical capacity is limited to cover her college cost. She said, “I was very happy when I saw the notice [for a scholarship opportunity] posted on the notice board. This opportunity has a special place in my life. Now it is time for me to work very hard.” she said. With the good knowledge and skills that she will acquire through her training, Genet seeks to serve her community and get involved in health-related community issues. 

We thank you for your continued support to championing frontline health workers through this project, and will continue to share news from Ethiopia.

* Nurse quotes are based on translations from Amharic to English.


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