Osoro holds a diploma in clinical medicine. Without it, he wouldn’t be qualified to run the clinic. And without the help of a low-interest loan program called the Afya Elimu Fund (AEF), he says, he would never have been able to finish his studies.
At the forum, held under the aegis of the Afya Elimu Fund, employers from five County Public Service Boards representing five counties, faith based health facilities, health service delivery non-governmental organizational and the private health facilities, offered advice to the prospective employees on how to approach prospective employers and how to make themselves competitive in the job market. The employers also offered career guidance on how to become successful employees in the health sector. The five counties represented include Kiambu, Kitui, Makueni, Muranga and Nairobi.
Caroline Njeri Macharia is a 3rd year nursing student at Outspan Medical Training College in Nyeri. She has 3 siblings and lives with her single mother who is a widow. Caroline is among 42 beneficiaries of the Afya Elimu Program that is a partnership between The Family Group Foundation (TFGF) and Afya Elimu Fund (AEF).
Kakamega County has invested KES 6 million to the Afya Elimu Fund to support students from the county enrolled in medical training institutions countrywide. This contribution will enable needy students from the county access low interest loans through the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) administered fund.
The youngest child in a family of 10, family income was stretched relegating Beatrice to a three year wait before joining college, during which she conceived her first child. “It was one of the most difficult times in my life, I was going to be a young mother and not ready to marry the father of my child” she says.
“The tender care and support that I received from nurses and other health workers during those critical moments of my illness made me develop the desire to care,” she said at the launch event for the Afya Elimu Fund, a low-interest student loan program that helps aspiring frontline health workers afford the schooling they need and address Kenya’s health workforce shortage.
The Government of Kenya and the United States launched the Afya Elimu Fund (AEF), a public-private partnership (PPP) initiative aimed at providing low interest loans to cover tuition fees for needy students in medical training colleges.
Homa Bay County, Kenya, where Imelda comes from, has the highest HIV prevalence in Kenya. The Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey of 2014 estimates that over 25% of the one million residents here are HIV-positive. The national prevalence, according to the same report, is 6%. Imelda is now among 9,000 medical students in Kenya benefitting from the Afya Elimu Fund.
“When I received admission to Tenwek School of Nursing, my excitement overshadowed my family’s financial challenges,” says Caren Chirchir, a young woman in Kenya.Caren is the second of five children and she carries her family’s hope for a better future..
“When I was in Form One I came home for holiday only to find that there was a Cholera outbreak in my village. Two people had already died and many more were sick. Everybody was running to the health center for help but there were no health workers to treat them.
A personal testimony from beneficiary of the IntraHealth International supported loan fund for medical training
“I am a first born in a family of four. My mother was a nurse but had to retire early due to illness. My father died when I was in class seven and from this point my education became very difficult…