Dean's Message

​Dean's Message

Welcome to Aga Khan University, School of Nursing and Midwifery, East Africa (AKU SONAM EA), part of the Faculty of Heath Sciences at Aga Khan University.

At AKU SONAM, we pride ourselves on being trail blazers. In 2001, we became the first institution in East Africa to offer working nurses the opportunity to enhance their nursing qualifications. Our Advanced Nursing Studies programme was established at the request of Governments in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, in order to meet the health needs of the East African region.  Our Diploma and Undergraduate upgrading programmes in Nursing and Midwifery have played a central role in enhancing the competencies and skills of nurses in the region.

We are also currently in the process of planning an innovative undergraduate nursing and midwifery programme. We envision the programme being founded on a competency-based curriculum, which will be grounded in the liberal arts with a focus on nursing concepts and a strong emphasis on inter-professional education. This integrated curriculum will use state-of-the-art technologies and pedagogies to prepare nurses for the 21st century.

It is important to us that nurses throughout East Africa have the opportunity to access opportunities to enhance their skills, regardless of their financial situations, religious background or social status. To facilitate this, we offer scholarships with the support of our generous donors such as Johnson & Johnson and Rotary International. We also put specific emphasis on providing access to our programmes for rural nurses. We conduct quality assurance audits, following a code of practice that ensures a strong student experience throughout their journey at AKU.

The impact of AKU SONAM is evidenced in the successes of our alumni. Since 2001, we have graduated over 1600 nurses across East Africa. The majority of these nurses were promoted on completion of their studies, and many now hold key positions in nursing education, policy and practice throughout Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

We hope that you will join us in continuing to make a difference for nurses and communities in East Africa.

Dr. Yasmin Amarsi, RN, PhD
Foundation Dean, Nursing & Midwifery
Aga Khan University​