The Aga Khan University-Advanced Nursing Studies (AKU-ANS) programme represents a coordinated response to the need for health sector reform in the East African region. The programme is tailored to ensure that health services are more responsive to the needs of the people. It aims to strengthen health systems in, and contribute to an overall improvement in the health status of the population by:
- upgrading nursing skills;
- improving the quality of health care; and
- developing a new, more professional nursing leadership.
AKU-ANS uses an innovative curricular approach that enables practicing nurses to earn a degree while working. Through its dynamic model of professional education, the AKU-ANS programme builds on the knowledge, skills and experience that individual nurses bring to it.
Since 2000, we have offered diploma and undergraduate upgrading programmes. In order to provide educational opportunities close to students’ home communities, these programmes are based out of three teaching hubs: Nairobi, Kenya; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and Kampala, Uganda. At each of these locations, our well qualified faculty supervises field-based studies and provides practical on-site instruction, at different clinical settings.
The AKU-ANS has now been named School of Nursing and Midwifery (AKU-SONAM). The goal of AKU-SONAM is to enhance nursing education, policy, practice and research to improve patient care throughout East Africa.