11th Dec 2018
Objectives of the meeting
- Gain greater insights into the KMTC approaches to health worker training
- Showcase Amref Health Africa’s strategies, tactics and tools for human resources for health (HRH) development in sub Saharan Africa
- Engage and discuss the identified areas of collaboration and agree on a way forward
The meeting saw representation from the Nairobi Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) faculty with Felistus Muinde Deputy Principal Academic’s Nairobi Campus, representing the leadership, Amref International University (AMIU), and the Institute of Capacity Development (ICD).
The meeting was aimed at sharing expereinces on progress made in training Human Resources for Health and more specifically how eLearning has been applied in this endevour. A tour to the Amref Virtual Training School (AVTS) was made during the meeting. The AVTS has over the last 13 years employed blended training methodologies, combining face to face and eLearning in pre-service and in-service nurse training programs in Kenya.
The following was agreed from the meeting:
- It was agreed that Amref and the KMTC
should formalize the engagement by way of an MOU. All departments within KMTC
should contribute to the MOU by specifying the areas of collaboration they
would be interested in. All effort should be made by the two institutions to actualize
the MOU. The areas of collaboration to be included in the MOU include;
- Strengthen capacity of KMTC faculty and management.
- Upgrading the diploma courses to degree and consequently to the Master’s level including student exchange programs
- Explore development of a degree programme on rehabilitative Medicine. The two institutions should explore the possibilities of Diploma students getting credit transfers for the degree programme.
- Enabling access and joint development of OER to KMTC
- Curriculum and content review including the Community Diagnosis Curriculum – review and update to ensure it’s responsive to the needs at on the ground.
- Development of learning materials including job aids
- Enable access to Amref online resources for KMTC students
- Explore strategic purchasing for skills lab equipment
- Create visibility for neglected health worker cadres to create demand for courses. Towards this, a package could be developed to create awareness on the different multi professional cadres.
- Introduce courses on entrepreneurship and innovation.
- Joint resource mobilization.
- Amref was requested to support in KMTC institutional strengthening to ensure that eLearning programs can be introduced and sustained in all 65 campuses. A pilot approach starting with the Nairobi Campus followed by cascade to the other campuses was recommended.
- It was recommended that Amref convenes a forum with the KMTC leadership to convey the recommendations from this meeting for buy in and support for the proposed collaboration.