The Aga Khan University (AKU) in partnership with the Ismaili Health Professional Association and the University of Alabama Comprehensive Cancer Centre have graduated the first cohort of 25 health workers in Clinical Investigator Training Programme first launched in May 2016.
The 25, including nurses, pharmacists and doctors, successfully completed an on-site programme last September and a three-month long online programme consisting of seven modules.
“More than 50 applicants from the entire AKU network in East Africa applied and 25 were selected and have since graduated for the inaugural programme,” said Victoria Nyamunga, regional communications director East Africa at the AKU.
The programme was first introduced in a bid to expand access to 16 essential cancer treatment medications such chemotherapy in sub-Saharan Africa countries.
The course seeks to equip nurses and physicians with clinical care and investigation skills using best practice approaches through onsite and long-distance training.
The training programme was a result of agreements between the American Cancer Society and the Clinton Health Access Initiative with major pharmaceutical companies in the fight against cancer.