Training as a Master Trainer to accelerate Up-skilling Health Workers
A nurse at the Office of the CEC Health in Samburu County, Anthony Lotukoi has been practicing public health for the last five years. His work entails a daily coordination of activities related to MNCH and nutrition as approved by the CEC. “I am also the lead person from the Ministry of Health Samburu County, for the Uzazi Salama project,” he adds. Anthony was drawn into the nursing profession by his mother, who was a nurse as well. Even though he loves clinical practice, his passion lies in nursing education and research. “I am very passionate about projects that lead to a form of learning about health. The Uzazi Salama project, is, thus, one of my personal favorites as it embraces the importance of equipping community members with the knowledge needed to better health,” he explains. As a strong advocate for quality health services for all, Anthony has taken time to attend several trainings that have added on to his skills. “I have attended two trainings in the last one year, namely, CU Formation training and the BeMONC Training. I should mention that I have trained one CHEW group, and have scheduled another training next week,” he states with pride.
Through the BeMONC training, Anthony has improved his communication, presenting and teaching skills. “I also learnt how to develop cross linkages of all stakeholders. As a Master Trainer, I get to interact with different stakeholders, from the members of the community to the policies makers. I am now better equipped to handle matters related to the Community Units as well. I would say that the training helped me achieve my goals of nursing education,” he adds with a smile. The Uzazi Salama project was initiated as a pilot in two centres, Barsaloi and Suguta Health Centres, in 2013. The pilot has ran for two years, and due to its success, the donors, M-Pesa Foundation and PharmAccess, alongside the programme facilitator, Amref Health Africa, have decided to implement a five year plan for the whole Samburu County. “I am very happy that the Uzazi Salama project is being extended to all other health centres in Samburu especially because it is a project that works. From the pilot, we realised that the health indicators in the regions had gone up, especially the number of deliveries done in hospitals and health centres. As a county, we have set a target of 44 per cent skilled deliveries, and right now, thanks to the Uzazi Salama project, we have recorded an impressive 37.2 per cent,” Anthony adds. Anthony is not oblivious of the challenges that were experienced during the pilot stage of the project. However, he is hopeful that the lessons learnt will be incorporated in the five year plan. “One of the challenges we faced during the pilot was the framing of some of the services to suit the community. For example, family planning and immunisation rates were very unstable as some of the community members migrate from time to time and miss out on both immunisation days and family planning methods. For family planning, we agreed that promotion of long term options would work best in the region, and I hope this will be incorporated in the five year plan. As for immunisation, as the county government, we are planning to put mobile clinics along migratory routes so that no child misses their immunisation,” concludes Anthony.