The Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery East Africa (AKU-SONAM EA) and the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Citizenship Trust (JJCCT) are excited to launch the AKU-SONAM EA C.A.R.E. virtual resource platform.
Since 2014, the two organizations have been working on a joint five-year initiative titled, Strengthening Nursing and Midwifery Associations in East Africa. Developing a platform like AKU-SONAM EA C.A.R.E., where nurses can share educational material, protocols and guidelines, research and scholarship opportunities as well as continuous professional development courses with nursing and midwifery association members was an initial aim of the project.
During a stakeholder training in 2018 in Nairobi, Ms Helen Oluka, Vice chairperson of the National Midwives Association of Uganda revealed her hopes for the AKU-SONAM EA C.A.R.E. platform: “My expectation is that this platform will enable most of the nurses to participate by accessing information, exchanging ideas and consultation so that they can improve service delivery. I expect many nurses to start using this network immediately.”
Mr Stephen Ruhmel is a Johnson & Johnson secondee currently based at AKU-SONAM in Nairobi. Mr Ruhmel said, “With the launch of the C.A.R.E. platform, nurses and midwives now have immediate access to medical information, news and an online virtual community…allowing healthcare professionals to virtually support one another throughout the region.”
AKU-SONAM EA C.A.R.E. is a platform for and by nurses and midwives to enable their partnership in capacity-building initiatives for their professional benefit. We are thrilled to share this platform with you!