Training Health Workers

Amref Health Africa is training health workers in close to 40 African countries. Through its training, Amref Health Africa aims to strengthen the capacity and capability of health and health-related professionals and institutions.

Every year Amref Health Africa trains more than 10,000 community health workers who bring health close closer to the people in some of Africa’s most marginalised communities. Health workers are the backbone of the health system in many African countries, and without them, the health system fails. We believe it is extremely important to increase the numbers of health workers across all countries we work in, to provide the vital link between communities, healh systems and government.

Amref Health Africa also trains doctors, nurses, community midwives, clinical officers, laboratory technicians and pharmacists. Established in 1973, the International Training Centre in Nairobi provides a host of training courses, with an emphasis on continuing education for all rural health workers.

One of Amref Health Africa’s most notable award-winning training programmes is an innovative eLearning programme, which helps to improve the skills of 7,000 nurses in Kenya. 

As well as eLearning, we also train healthworkers through LEAP - the innovative mobile health platform, which uses regular updates and peer-to-peer communication to strengthen the skills of health workers. To date, 3,000 Community Health Volunteers have been trained and supported this way and the results are encouraging. Thanks to LEAP, more women are receiving antenatal care, giving birth in health facilities and immunisation rates are improving.

Since 2013, Amref Health Africa has worked with partners to develop a sustainable and scalable mobile learning academy for health workers across Africa. To date, the LEAP platform has successfully trained over 3,000 Community Health Workers in Kenya, drawn from urban, rural and nomadic sites. mLearning complements initial face to face training, enabling the CHWs to learn at their own pace, at their own time using their own mobile devices while in their communities. Take a look.