The Kenyan arm of the World Bank together with Beyond Zero Trust last year got into a partnership with Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC). The joining of hands was to provide funding support to ensure scaled up training of Enrolled Community Health Nurses (ECHN) over a period of two and a half (2.5) years.
Last year KMTC placed an advert on print media inviting applicants for scholarship training opportunities for certificate in community health nursing for the 2015/2016 academic year.
The applications targeted qualified applicants from 20 selected Arid and Semi-Arid (ASAL) counties. Included in the applicants also were population minorities and other disadvantaged groups willing to serve in their communities upon graduation.
At least 4,395 students out of 8,266 who applied were selected having qualified as per Nursing Council of Kenya (NCK) requirements. Of which 400 students got scholarships. They were then distributed to the eight (8) KMTC campuses, with each class comprising of 50 students. The campuses offering the course, certificate in community health nursing were; Lodwar, Kapenguria, Kabarnet, Bomet, Loitoktok, Kitui, Kilifi and Msambweni.
The scholarship funding program hopes to achieve the following;
- Review of existing curriculum to strengthen midwifery component
- Procurement of uniforms, shoes, books, teaching, learning equipments and materials
- Disbursements of funds including stipends, accommodation and catering to the sponsored students
The program hopes to have trained mentors and clinical instructors by the end of the two and a half years and have them plugged into the medical field to fill the existing gaps in the ASAL areas.
In other news, yesterday, the world bank held an open day in which it invited the Kenyan public to come and see the projects in which it has invested in. The event was held at the Nairobi Club open grounds along Ngong road.
Some of the other projects it has footprints in include; Infrastructure (Thika Road superhighway, among others), The Judiciary (construction of new courts), Health (KEMSA), Nairobi Metropolitan (construction of a new ultra modern marketplace along Jogoo road), Energy (Kengen, Ketraco), Water (Nairobi Water), Kenya National Bureau of Statistics-KNBS (Kenya Open Data), among other upcoming projects.