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MKU, MamaCare Initiative partner to train health workers for Germany market

MamaCare founder and Githunguri MP Gathoni wa Muchomba receives a donation of Ksh 500,000 from MKU fraternity.

Five students from Githunguri constituency in Kiambu County will get free training in German language skills at the Mount Kenya University (MKU) after which they will fly to Europe for paid internships in German hospitals from mid next year.

This follows a partnership between Githunguri Member of Parliament, Gathoni Wamuchomba, through her MamaCare Initiative and the university.  MKU has paid for the training by supporting MamaCare with Ksh 500,000.

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The five students, some of whom are university graduates, commenced learning at MKU’s main campus in Thika town last week.

According to Dr Christopher Mutembei, MKU Centre for Professional Development and Kenya project coordinator, learning in German language will take a year at the campus after which the students will go for further training in German hospitals at an initial salary of about Euro 1,200 (Sh170, 000) per month.

Launching the project for Githunguri youth, Wamuchomba profusely thanked the university, particularly the MKU founder and chairman of its Board of Directors, Prof Simon Gicharu.   “Am now a very proud mother and MP for Githunguri after getting this huge opportunity that will see the training of these  five youth in German language skills to make them ready to work in the health sectors in Germany,”  said the MP.

Mamacare Initiative is a non-profit programme aimed at helping common Kenyans surmounts various challenges.

The project entails adult education dubbed Tusome and a social protection scheme for vulnerable men and women, including tackling drug abuse and alcoholism.

Launched in 2018 by former President Uhuru Kenyatta, the Mama Care Addiction Recovery Centre has rehabilitated more than 300 addicts.

A partnership with a technical college offers technical training where the addicts get life supporting skills.

The German language training opportunity follows a partnership signed last year MKU and Germany’s Hochschule Koblenz University of Applied Sciences to offer a Health Care Assistant training programme and apprenticeship pact where it is seeking to tap on growing demand of health workers in Germany. Hochschule Koblenz University of Applied Sciences is the lead partner.

“Students will be provided with career opportunities in German hospitals. The University is also offering German Language Levels A1, A2, B1 and B2,” MKU vice chancellor, Prof Deogratius Jaganyi, said at the launch.

The MKU-Hochschule Koblenz University partnership aims at bridging a shortfall in the number of healthcare professionals in Germany, in which many people in the profession retire without enough people to replace them.

The opportunities are a result of groundwork done by a research consortium formed in February this year to look into how to resolve healthcare challenges while creating opportunities for healthcare professionals in Africa.

The consortium comprises of Hochschule Koblenz as the project lead, AG Career Hub consultancy offering information on career and business opportunities in Germany and Africa) and African Nurses/Pfleger in Germany (a network with more than 2,000 African Healthcare in Germany).

“Due to its aging population, Germany is facing a significant shortfall of healthcare in the coming years. Various studies estimate a deficit of between 400,000 and 600,000 vacancies by 2030,” the research consortium noted.

The German institution will ensure that students successfully complete the course in Kenya are guaranteed an apprenticeship in Germany.

“Students will enjoy the benefit of getting a student visa, salary and are provided with excellent job opportunities for full-time employment after completing their training,” said the MKU Vice Chancellor.

“Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, students will be offered career opportunities for full-time employment in German hospitals exposing them to extensive further specialized training opportunities among other benefits,” added Prof Jaganyi.

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