Train new health workers in Ethiopia: Save lives!

 
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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.

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