Loan Program Brings Peace of Mind to Kenya’s Aspiring Frontline Health Workers

Asthma remains the most common chronic disease among children and affects 235 million people worldwide.In Africa, myths associated with the condition mean children and adults struggle not only with the health challenges associated with asthma but also from societal stigma. Bringing up an asthmatic child is a challenge for the parents, and very humbling for the child.It is from her experience growing up as an asthmatic child that Mercy Wangui Kariuki draws her passion for becoming a nurse.As I grew up, all I wanted was to be a nurse. “The tender care and support that I received from nurses and other health workers during those critical moments of my illness made me develop the desire to care,” she said at the launch event for the Afya Elimu Fund, a low-interest student loan program that helps aspiring frontline health workers afford the schooling they need and address Kenya’s health workforce shortage.“As I grew up, all I wanted was to be a nurse,” Mercy said. “I knew this would give me an opportunity to know how to care for myself and also other patients with similar and other health needs.”Mercy told this to a crowd of over 300 delegates in Nairobi last month, including United States Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec, Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu, other government officials, corporate executives, trainers, and fellow students

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Loan Program Brings Peace of Mind to Kenya’s Aspiring Frontline Health Workers