ACCESS began training community health workers and assistant nurses in 2004 in response to the shortage of health workers in Central Uganda, and lack of access to healthcare in Nakaseke District.
To date, ACCESS has trained 97 health workers through our community health worker training programs. We are now excited to begin training nurses in order to increase access to healthcare in rural Uganda.
Our health worker graduates currently work in over seven districts in Uganda, and throughout the East Africa Region providing care to thousands of East Africans, mostly in rural communities. On average, an adult living in Nakaseke makes $30/month. Our graduates will make more than $200/month working as nurses in clinics and hospitals.
In November, 2015, ACCESS welcomed its first class of nursing and midwife students to the new Health Training Institute.
The 3-year nursing and midwife certificate program includes courses in nursing skills and clinical judgment, health system delivery and management, and community health.
ACCESS Health Training Institute is located on ACCESS compound in Nakaseke and boasts a large classroom block, a library, laboratory, and skills lab. The Health Training Institute houses and trains 120 students at its peak operation. The Health Training Institute also has a close partnership with Nakaseke District Hospital where students gain valuable clinical experience and contribute to the delivery of healthcare at the hospital facilities.
The Health Training Institute provides a unique educational opportunities for young people in rural areas who cannot otherwise attend university. Through their training, our students gain valuable nursing and leadership skills leading to meaningful jobs in rural healthcare. Our graduates provide and income for their families and build a secure future for their children and the Nakaseke community.
The Health Training Institute is empowering young people in rural Uganda, and providing invaluable health professionals to Uganda’s healthcare system.