Coastweek– The Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery (AKU-SONAM), St. Luke’s Mission Hospital, Kaloleni and the Ministry of Health celebrated the conclusion of a successful Public Private Partnership formed six years ago to upgrade the skills of community nurses working in remote areas of the Kenya coastal region.
The partnership that was made possible through funds provided by the Canadian-based Lundin for Africa Foundation was organized specifically to aid nurses who typically attend to more than 100 patients a day in isolated dispensaries with limited medical supplies and insufficient medical knowledge.
Since its establishment, the programme has upgraded 68 Enrolled Nurses to Registered Nurses.
In addition, over 200 working nurses from various hospitals and health centres within the coastal region received short-term, needs-based skills training in reproductive health, leadership and management, and health promotion/health education.
The training programme has equipped nurses with ample knowledge and skills critical in handling complex healthcare situations and has assured better healthcare to the coastal residents.
Each nurse will provide nursing care to about 40,000 patients per year collectively reaching out to approximately 2.5 million patients.