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. ...
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.

Jul 3, 2013

The Challenges Nursing Students Face

Dear Friends of IntraHealth International,

We are happy to share with you the latest update from our nursing scholars at ALKAN Health University in Dessi, Ethiopia.  They are wrapping up their first year as students, and have reflected on the joys and challenges of being a nursing student in Ethiopia.   

We invite you to follow their journey during their time at school with us through our quarterly reports.  Here, you can read more about what each student has particularly enjoyed about their first year training to be a nurse and what some of the greatest challenges have been. 

Almaz has particularly enjoyed helping her patients and takes great pride that her work will reduce health risks caused by the lack of healthcare professionals in her area.  She enjoys the profession, and finds the challenges to be more financial than academic.  Her parents are unable to send her money and rent, school supplies and the cost of transportation all provide a constant challenge for her.   

Fatuma, like Almaz, appreciates her training because of the future impact it has.  She says “I like studying nursing, because I observed that there are people who are suffering from lack of health professionals and health infrastructure in my local area. I have a dream to help those people with my profession together with God.”  And, like her colleague, finds her biggest challenges to be economic.  Fatuma’s parents are farmers in the Afar region of Ethiopia, an area hit particularly hard by the droughts this year, and they are no longer able to send what little money they previously were able to provide.    

Eyerus is a new recipient of the nursing scholarship, as one of the other students had to leave the program due to personal problems.  She finds the program to be rewarding and plans to continue her studies even after she has completed the nursing program to eventually become a doctor.  Eyerus’s parents live in the Afar region as well, and she faces similar economic challenges.  She currently lives with relatives and finds it difficult to have a quiet place to study!

Hawa too, sees the suffering in her home region because there are too few healthcare providers.  She says “I observed people suffering from lack of these professionals. Hence I need to be part of this profession to help those people”.   Hawa’s biggest challenge is the high cost of transportation so she can get to school.  The taxi prices are too high, and therefor she often times must walk to school.  

Haymont says she enjoys studying nursing because she enjoys providing a service for her community and country as a health care professional.  She too, faces the same economic challenges of her colleagues and lives with relatives to be closer to the university in order to be able to attend the school.   She has difficulty finding a quiet place to study in her relatives house.

Tsehay finds joy in both the act of helping people, and the act of learning the science behind the medicine.  She says “I observed that people in my locality even in my family there is no any idea about the scientific medication. Hence I like to be part of the health professionals to help those people and to give awareness on the importance of the scientific medicates, however, the cultural medication is also effective but with its disadvantage”.  Tsehay’s challenges are balancing school, work and economic hardship.  Her father passed away and her mother lives in the rural area of Ambasel wereda, unable to provide any additional financial support.   Tsehay lives with a woman in exchange for performing housework, but still cannot afford transportation to school and has to walk a long distance to ALKAN.

All of these students are grateful for the support of IntraHealth International, and its donors.  Without individuals like you championing for the frontline health workers, students like these would not be able to afford to train as nurses. 

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