NAIROBI, KENYA: August 4, 2017: Kenya’s Commission for University Education has given Amref Health Africa the green light to start and operate the Amref International University (AMIU).
The Commission has granted AMIU a Letter of Interim Authority with effect from August 1, 2017. The university will provide health-related courses with a focus on public and community health.
Amref Health Africa Group Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Githinji Gitahi, said the university will focus on courses that respond to the severe shortage of health care providers and public health leaders in Africa.
“Today marks the beginning of an exciting journey for us. The letter of Interim Authority we have received will enable Amref Health Africa to address the high demand for medical and public health training across the continent,” said Dr. Gitahi.
Dr. Gitahi said quality health education is a key enabler to solving the health challenges that face the African continent.
“Universal Health Care will only be attained if we have adequate and well-motivated health workers. Attainment of Sustainable Development Goal Number 3 on Good Health and Wellbeing will be a distant dream unless the severe shortage of health workers is addressed,” he added.
The university will offer training in unique health disciplines such as Rehabilitation Medicine, and Leadership, Management and Governance in health, among others.
AMIU is also expected to undertake high level heath systems research for policy formulation and improved practice and act as a hub of scholarship dedicated to community and public health in sub-Saharan Africa. The university will further promote application of relevant and innovative teaching and learning approaches in providing medical education and training.
“In order to achieve improved health care and awareness of disease prevention, the continent needs to fill the health workforce gap through innovative training and deploying highly skilled practitioners,” said Amref Health Africa`s Director of Training, Dr. Peter Ngatia.
The initial location of AMIU is on Langata Road in Nairobi, Kenya at the current location of the Amref International Training Centre.
About Amref Health Africa (www.amrefcanada.org; @AmrefCanada): Amref Health Africa, the largest African-led international organization on the continent, provides training and health services to over 35 countries in Africa. Founded in 1957 as the Flying Doctors of East Africa to bring critical health services to remote communities, Amref Health Africa now delivers preventative, community-based health care. With a focus on women and children, Amref Health Africa manages a full range of medical and public health programs tackling the most critical health challenges facing the continent: maternal and child care; HIV, TB and malaria; clean water and sanitation; and, surgical and clinical outreach.
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