KMTC joins hands with World Friends to tackle maternal health through training
The Kenya Medical Training College, in partnership with World Friends and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation on (September 29, 2021) graduated the first batch of 22 midwives.
The midwives, recipients of full-tuition scholarships to train at KMTC Nairobi Campus are beneficiaries of the Point of Care Ultrasound and Midwifery Programme, financed by World Friends.
The six months’ course seeks to educate midwives on radiology and ultrasound, in an effort to bridge an existing gap in qualified personnel needed to operate such equipment in health facilities across the country.
Representing KMTC CEO Prof.. Michael Kiptoo, Deputy Director Academics Dr. Nyawira Mwangi congratulated the midwives for their selfless work and acknowledged the important role they play in society.
“Thank you to our partners for coming up with this programme. It truly takes a village to realize our goals,” said Dr. Nyawira.
The Italian Agency Representative Ms. Said Miriam Burabbeli, expressed her joy to witness the graduation of the first cohort of midwives, drawn from both private and public hospitals.
She noted that graduation marks a major milestone in the journey towards reducing maternal and neonatal mortality rates in Kenya.
“We are here to celebrate the Graduands who had the chance to go through this new curriculum in obstetric ultrasound. Thanks to this capacity-building course, and the tireless work of World Friends and its partners. Through this, pregnant women will have more access to ultrasound services in Kenya,” said Ms. Burabbeli.
The Head of Department Radiology and Imaging, Ms. Victoria Otsyula noted that the programme was a first of its kind and marks a huge step in bridging gaps in maternal health care in peripheral facilities.
She lauded the coordinators of the programme and thanked KMTC for continuing to stamp its authority as the best mid-level training College in the region.
The programme, which combines both theory and practicals, seeks to train 60 midwives to equip them with the necessary ultrasound and radiology skills.