the invitation of nursing leaders of the governments of East Africa,
the School of Nursing and Midwifery (SONAM) was established to enhance
the skills of working nurses throughout the East African region. Our
mission is to provide nurses and midwives with internationally
benchmarked quality education that is:
Relevant Innovative Accessible Affordable Needs-based
In 2001, Aga Khan University
first SONAM programme began in Uganda, followed by Kenya and Tanzania
in 2002. Currently, there are about 512 nurses enrolled in SONAM
programmes throughout East Africa and we have graduated 2,138 students.
aims to enhance the overall health status of the people of East Africa
by preparing a critical mass of qualified nursing professionals. Our
programmes are unique in their needs-based design for working nurses.
They specifically aim to prepare nursing professionals to meet the
healthcare needs of the East African region.