Every year AMREF Canada awards scholarships to lab professionals working in rural communities across Africa.
The scholarships enhance the lab workers’ skills by providing much needed training through a four month refresher course. The scholarship includes all living expenses and tuition.
After completing the course graduates are be able to;
- Perform essential lab tests at the very highest standards.
- Perform maintenance procedures on lab equipment.
- Carry out all laboratory management activities.
- Develop an approach and manage disease control.
- Investigate epidemics.
Major Project Funders:
Dr. John Nixon Memorial Fund
Meet the 2010 Lab Refresher Course Scholarship Recipients
Mr. Jamlic Safari Kilonzi
Jamlic Safari Kilonzi, age 31, is a medical laboratory technologist working for Kenya’s Ministry of Medical Services and is attached to Lamu District Hospital. He completed his diploma in Medical Laboratory Sciences from the Kenya Medical Training College in 2003 would like to further his studies with a degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences.
The training provided by AMREF from March to May 2010 increased Jamlic’s skills and knowledge in laboratory procedures. He was able to use these skills while working at Lamu Hospital’s reference lab, which handles 150 to 200 patients every day and tackles diseases like malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS.
After receiving the AMREF scholarship, Jamlic said, “I humbly submit my sincere appreciation for your sponsorship. This is my first refresher course of its kind and I’m delighted that my service delivery and competency will be highly improved.”
Mr. Tigandenga Geofrey
The second recipient of the 2010 scholarship was 40-year-old Tigandenga Geofrey from South Western Uganda. He became a medical laboratory technician in 2004 and currently works at the Kisiizi Hospital in Uganda’s Rukungiri District. The Kisiize Hospital lab employs five staff which manage five major departments that attend to approximately 150 patients every day.
AMREF’s course was the first refresher training that Tigandenga attended since he finished college. He looks forward to sharing the information he learned from the training with his colleagues to improve the lab services at Kisiizi Hospital.
“I really appreciate this sponsorship you gave me,” Tigandenga said. “From this training I have gained much information which I am going to use to improve service delivery and also share with others.”
AMREF’s 2011 Scholarships
AMREF’s 2011 Lab Refresher Course will run from February to April 2011 in Nairobi. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, AMREF Canada is able to provide scholarships to four students this year.
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