Amref Health Africa held the 28th graduation for health workers this week at our Headquarters and International Training Centre in Nairobi, at a ceremony presided over by the Chairperson of the Kenya Public Service Commission, Professor Margaret Kobia.
A total of 227 students graduated at this week's event, including 95 nurses who had been upgraded from certificate to diploma level through eLearning, 23 Diploma in Community Health Students and 16 Diploma in Reproductive Health students. The graduates were among 5,000 health workers trained in 2014 through various short- and long-term courses including Monitoring and Evaluation, Community Health, Comprehensive Midwifery, Advocacy, Health Systems Research, Health Systems Strengthening, and Leadership and Management.
In her keynote address, Dr Kobia noted that strong health systems are founded on capabilities and competencies of the health workforce, hence the importance of producing well trained, motivated and passionate health workers. For successful delivery of quality health care, she added, the health sector workforce must be sufficiently equipped with technical and overarching competencies, commitment to serve, good governance, transparency and accountability.