Mombasa, KENYA: Mombasa County in collaboration with Funzo Kenya Project sponsored by United States Agency of International Development (USAID), has launched an initiative which will see medical training needy students from the county get loans to further their studies.
The program titled Mombasa Elimu County Fund worth Ksh 25m will pay tuition fees for at least 40 needy students annually to pursue their education.
Speaking during the launch on Thursday, county health officer Mohammed Abdi asserted county government’s commitment to provide Ksh 5m of financial support per year in the next coming five years.
‘’The funds will be made available to needy students undertaking health related courses in various medical institutions in Kenya at the basic and post basic diploma and certificate levels of education he said,’’ said Abdi.
Funzo Kenya Chief Party DR. Carol Karutu said they are aiming to address an acute shortage of health workers which has hit the country.
‘’Currently, only 15 health workers are available to serve 10,000 members of the population against the World Health Organization’s recommendation of 23,’’ she said.
‘’To provide adequate health services, Kenya needs to double the annual production of the new health workers entering the workforce,’’ Karutu added.
The Mombasa County AEF will be managed by the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) under the Afya Elimu Fund that was initiated in 2013 by the Ministry of Health, private sector, and the U.S President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.