Medical Education Support

Medical Education Support

What we do

Human Resources for Health play a pivotal role in the development and sustainability of a robust health system that delivers high quality care that is accessible to all. Various publications by the World Health Organization highlight that challenges facing human resources have an impact on the effective implementation of primary health care programs, and expansion of health service coverage

Hospital support organization developed a twofold approach in mitigating the challenges facing the health workforce. The first is support education of qualified candidates to address staffing shortages. This has been largely focused on South Sudan which has a severe shortage of health care workers of all cadres. With support from Africa Mission Healthcare Foundation, HSO supports training of medical doctors, clinical officers, pharmacists, laboratory technicians and nurse anesthetists from South Sudan.

Our second approach is building skills and competencies of trained workers at the forefront of the fight against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and improving palliative care services. In partnership with national programmes i.e. the National AIDS and STI Control Programme (NASCOP) and National Tuberculosis, Leprosy, and Lung Disease Programme (NTLD), HSO supports Clinical and Mentorship Training programs implemented by three partner facilities Maua Methodist Hospital, AIC Kijabe Hospital and Nazareth Hospital. These facilities use a comprehensive national curriculum that focuses not only theoretical training but also clinical placement for the practical learning.

The goal of the medical education support is to contribute in addressing staff shortages and ensure that health workers are equipped with up to date knowledge, skills and competencies to address the evolving health needs of the general population.

Accomplishments

  • Training of 15 South Sudanese Nurse Anesthetists through Kijabe College of Health Sciences;
  • Ten students were supported to take basic and post basic studies at Maua Methodist Hospital Nursing school;
  • 11 students (2 Bachelors of Medicine & Bachelors of Surgery, 8 Clinical Medicine & Surgery, 1 Business Administration) at various stages of their degree/diploma programs at Kenya Methodist University & Presbyterian University of East Africa;
  • Partial sponsorship for three Nurse Anesthetist Tutors to undertake Bachelor Level training;
  • Over 500 health workers have been trained on HIV care using the National HIV Integrated Training Curriculum since 2014
  • Over 600 health workers have been trained in TB in the era of HIV since 2012
  • Supported NASCOP in the roll out of the new integrated HIV curriculum to counties