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Amref to cough up Sh30m yearly to train health professionals

FINANCIAL STANDARD
By Standard Reporter | Aug 6th 2013 | 2 min read
By Standard Reporter | August 6th 2013
FINANCIAL STANDARD

By Standard Reporter

The Africa Medical and Research Foundation (Amref) will sponsor 14 students to study a Health Leadership Management course annually at a cost of Sh30 million over the next three years.

The course will be facilitated by lecturers from the United States International University (USIU).

This follows a pact between USIU and Amref that led to the launch of The Global Executive Master of Business Administration in Health Leadership and Management. The training will take place at Amref’s International Training Centre and Headquarters.

 USIU Vice Chancellor Prof Freida Browns said institutions of higher learning ought to provide innovative education as well as leadership that responds to issues of national and global concern. “The partnership between Amref and USIU will provide an opportunity for Kenyans to upgrade their education, particularly those who cannot afford to travel abroad for studies,” said Prof Brown.

She  stated that skilled medical practitioners in management will improve the country’s chances of attracting donor funds to combat killer diseases even at the county level.

“The graduates will serve as a human resource for Kenya and other countries in the region that have similar academic program histories and needs. The curriculum will be revised from time to time to ensure that it meets the needs of health professionals.”   “Organisations are dependent on good management to be efficient and effective. Health systems in Africa can cater for the disadvantaged if those managing them have the skills to tap into existing resources and use them optimally,” said Dr Peter Ngatia, Amref’s director, capacity building. The executive MBA will equip health professionals with skills to effectively manage and lead health systems in a dynamic environment.

Manage resources

At the end of the one-year course, the 30 health professionals will be equipped with the right skills to manage resources to reach poor and underprivileged communities in Africa. The course comes against a backdrop of Kenya being denied funds by the Global Fund to fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria. 

The Sh61 billion fund was suspended due to mismanagement of the allocation in 2008 and 2009.

 While African universities offer MBAs for other professionals, this programme will provide training that most health professionals require but cannot access.

Amref has over the last four years been running a two-year Leadership Development Programme.

 The partnership will enable leaders to benefit from Amref’s experience and expertise in training health professionals, and USIU’s leadership and management training expertise.

The programme will cover leadership and management skills for health professionals including financial, human resource and procurement management. It will also cater for management of health institutions in general and analysis of impact and changes in  health care in particular.


 

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