Kijabe Hospital has played host for the pilot program for training nurse anesthetists. As we head to the 10th year anniversary since the first class of 10 nurses graduated from the Kijabe School of Nursing (now Kijabe College of Health Sciences)-the institution strives to build capacity for anesthesia training in Africa. Under the leadership of Dr. Mark Newton, the ImPACT Africa program in Kijabe is setting up projects to build systems that will ensure quality training of anesthesia care providers. One such example is the TATA project, which gives anesthesia care providers skills in both didactic and clinical training. A course has been developed to teach anesthesia care providers how to develop lectures, provide clinical training and utilize medical simulation as a tool for training.
The pilot Training of Trainers workshop on “How to Prepare Effective Lessons: Developing Effective Strategy for Teaching and Learning” launched the first week of June.
In collaboration with faculty from Vanderbilt University Medical Centre and Kijabe Hospital KRNA program, 14 potential trainers arrived from facilities that either host KRNA training program or serve as external placement sites for KRNA students. Among the trained were 10 KRNAs from Western Kenya where the second KRNA training program is been offered through the KMTC Kisumu campus.
Training of Trainers in Africa is supported by funding from the General Electric Foundation.
Written by Gatwiri Murithi, Program Manager IMPACT Africa