Training urgently needed health workers
AMREF is training health workers in close to 40 African countries and beyond. Through training, we aim to strengthen the capacity and capability of health and health-related professionals and institutions.
Health services cannot function without sufficient numbers of skilled, motivated, and supported health workers. Yet estimates suggest that Africa needs 1 million more health workers in order to meet the Millennium Development Goals for health.
Every year, AMREF trains more than 10,000 community health workers who bring health closer to people's homes in some of Africa's most marginalized communities. We also train doctors, nurses, community midwives, clinical officers, laboratory technicians, and pharmacists.
AMREF’s training takes place in communities, health centers, and hospitals in six African countries, as well as in AMREF’s International Training Center in Nairobi and satellite training centers in Tanzania and Uganda.
Established in 1973, the International Training Center in Nairobi provides a host of training courses and emphasizes continuing education for all rural health workers.
One of AMREF’s most notable award-winning training programs is an innovative eLearning program that helps upgrade the skills of 20,000 nurses in Kenya. In partnership with the Ugandan government, this program is currently being modified to upgrade the skills of midwives within the country. It is hoped that this program will be replicated in even more African countries suffering from similar health worker shortages.