July 4, 2020
Oncology nursing training in Kenya

From the article: "The ongoing efforts to promote excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care in the country have received a boost following the launch of Oncology Nursing Training Initiative today. Cancer is a major public health issue and represents a significant burden of disease globally. In the past few years, Cancer prevalence in Kenya has continued to rise, posing a widespread staffing problem. Kenya has continued to face rising demand for Oncology personnel, especially nurses where the need is a minimum of 500 nurses yet there are only 36 qualified nurses.  This has put extreme workforce pressure on cancer services, and a serious blow to patient care at a time when cases of cancer prognosis are on the rise.  Towards this, Johnson and Johnson Global Community Impact (JNJ GCI), under the leadership of the Ministry of the ministry of Health has partnered with Amref Health Africa to launch a training initiative to guide the development of new programmes, projects, and resources to meet the needs of Oncology nurses. The Initiative will, over the next three years work to bridge the gap in the number of oncology nurses by supporting the training of a minimum of 200 higher diploma nurses that will be deployed to the ten oncology centers under development by the Ministry of Health. It will also provide a certificate short course training for four nurses per county and deploy a continuous professional development course to ensure continuous quality improvement in knowledge and cancer patient care. "