These Six Ethiopian Nursing Students Will Become Lifesavers These Six Ethiopian Nursing Students Will Become Lifesavers

These Six Ethiopian Nursing Students Will Become Lifesavers

by Laura Hoemeke

June 4, 2013

Back to Alkan Health Science College. The institution was created to train nurses and midwives from rural and remote areas, teaching them the skills they need to serve their own communities.
At Alkan, the nursing school scholarships for six students will cost about $5000—and change the lives of six courageous young women—Almaz, Fatuma, Genet, Haymanot, Hawa, and Tsehay—forever. The lives of thousands in six remote Ethiopian communities will be changed.
The scholarships also will put these women on a career path that will allow them to serve their communities and support themselves for the rest of their lives. The nurses are already into the first semester of their three-year program, and through GlobalGiving, we can help ensure that they can stay in school and complete their studies.
Shortages of health providers—and limited infrastructure— make it difficult for many people living in Ethiopia to access basic health services. Well-trained community nurses can make a difference. They can provide basic services, help empower community members to take control of their own health, and refer very sick patients to higher level health facilities. They can save lives.

Female nurses are especially instrumental to helping mothers have safe births and raise healthy children. By providing training for young women who are themselves from rural and remote communities and want to return home after their studies, we can help these communities have access to health care.
IntraHealth has received almost $1000 through GlobalGiving to support the scholarships for six Ethiopian nursing students—but we need an additional $4000 to support the full training of the students, and help their dreams to serve their communities come true.
I look forward to meeting Almaz, Fatuma, Genet, Haymanot, Hawa, and Tsehay next month—and to sharing with you more about their stories.
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These Six Ethiopian Nursing Students Will Become Lifesavers