KMTC is a key partner in the Afya Elimu Fund [AEF], and we are acutely aware the value that partnership with HELB has brought. Afya Elimu funds over 6,000 students while Kenya Medical Training Centre (KMTC) has close to 17,000 students who are HELB Loan Beneficiaries. Around 16% of these beneficiaries are clinical officers. A good number of them have now graduated and contributing to the human resource pool in the country contributing towards Universal Health Coverage.
Partnering with HELB has made it so easy for us to identify needy and vulnerable students who have a passion to pursue medical education. The selection is fair and there is gender balance as well as consideration for students with disabilities.
In a bid to increase available funding for needy students, I call upon more organizations to partner with HELB AEF so that together we can increase the number of trained personnel under specialized services, like emergency care, provided at higher diploma level and are very much in demand.