WAKA Continuing Medical Education Centre is an affiliate health consultancy firm of Waka Medical Training Institute. It is accredited by the Nursing Council of Kenya for continuing professional development (CPD) to all cadres of health professionals.
Waka CMEC is primarily focused in training health sector managers and frontline healthcare workers such as nurses, clinical officers, doctors and midwives in order to improve the quality of healthcare services especially reproductive health in the country. It has trained a total of 661 healthcare professionals (nurses, midwives and laboratory technologists) between 2011 and 2015 on supportive supervision for health services, cervical cancer screening, training of trainers, post-partum IUCD training, BEmONC, contraceptive technology updates (CTU), examination of the new-born, care of the cord, babies with difficulty in breathing, PMTCT, stress management, material review and development, helping babies breathe and helping mothers survive.
These trainings are carried out in partnership with local and international organizations and institutions. It collaborated with Ministry of Health, Nursing and Clinical Officers Councils of Kenya in capacity building of healthcare professionals, strengthening the pre-service as well as in service education.
In September 2015, Waka CMEC partnered with Marie Stopes International in conducting a 5 day PPIUCD course for representatives from Franchisees, MSIG staff and preceptors from GHS in Nigeria. In August, Waka CMEC in partnership with Marie Stops International trained PPIUCD course for representatives from Franchisees, MSIG staff and preceptors from GHS in Ghana for 5 days.
Waka CMEC was contracted by KEMRI/CDC in September 2014 to conduct a three in one, 7-days training for their mentors/coaches on Helping Mothers Survive, Helping Babies Breathe and Training of Trainers courses in Kisumu. It also facilitated and documented a 6 day PPIUCD training conducted in Benin City of Nigeria where 18 Franchisers successfully completed the training. It conducted PPIUCD training for 8 franchisers in Kisumu County, including 2 ministry of health staff from Provincial General Hospital and 3 MSK service providers from Mombasa, Nakuru and Kisumu in 2013.
Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health Tennessee established a program in Central Kenya, coordinated by Waka CMEC from 2012 to date with the goal of promoting the profession of nursing and the nursing model of care as a primary means to improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable population in resource-limited settings around the globe. A team of MNH experts from Waka CMEC conducted 10 day PPIUCD training in Embu under the request of Marie Stopes International. The training attracted 6 participants from Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and Kenya. Due to increased fertility rate, Waka CMEC is currently focused on training more primary healthcare professionals to reach at least 5,000 underserved women and children in the community each year.
Waka CMEC staff has been used for training Private Nurses’ Practitioner (PNP) by INTRA Health International with support from USAID, MSI, and KEMRI/CDC and AMREF. The team has immense experience in provision of technical assistance in training skills, supportive supervision, conducting training needs assessment, PPFP, PPIUCD, C/BEmONC, VIA/VILLI among other trainings.