The Aga Khan University, School of Nursing and Midwifery, East Africa (AKU-SONAM EA) was established in 2001 in response to a need for quality nursing education in the East African region. Nurses and midwives constitute 85% of the health workforce in East Africa; they are the frontline of healthcare services, and in many areas, they represent the only qualified healthcare professional available in a community. They are community educators, mentors, healthcare advocates and innovators who influence health policy at all levels and advocate for health service reform. Within this context, nurses and midwives impact the quality of life of their families, communities and ultimately, countries.
We strive for excellence within our faculty and student-body to raise the standards and standing of the nursing profession. We train alumni to have the greatest impact by providing the highest-quality education based on the most current and relevant best-evidence practices. They are trained to respond and adapt their practices to current global health concerns, from high infant and maternal mortality rates to the growing threat of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Our work-study programmes ensure that the majority of our alumni remain in their communities after graduation, amplifying their positive impacts.
We believe that nurses and midwives are the backbone of healthcare systems, with the power to transform the global health landscape. We are honored and humbled to do the work that we do and to train nurses and midwives that are highly skilled, proactive and empathetic community leaders.