Kenya Red Cross Training Institute (KRCTI) has continued to establish itself as the region’s premier training centre in Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Under the intelligent leadership of the Principal, Ms. Monica, who has firmly championed excellence, the Training Institute has made significant steps toward its vision of being a global leader.
Firstly, the Training Institute celebrated its 8th graduation ceremony at KRCS’ headquarters on 28th October 2022 for its Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and paramedicine graduands, where 82 students graduated.
Besides the accreditation from the American Heart Association, where it was the first and still the only institution of its kind to be accredited, and besides being accredited by the Technical Vocational Education and Training Authority to develop curricula, train and certify in Diploma in Paramedicine and Certificate in Advanced Emergency Medical Technician; there are newer and most recent milestones.
The training Institute also partnered with Umma University to train medical students. It partnered with International Organization for Migration (IOM) to train medical staff across the African region. It partnered with World Food Programme to train medical staff on Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support training. It also partnered with the University of Geneva to offer a Community Health Assistance program in Dadaab.
Moreover, Equity Group Foundation partners with the Institute on its Wings to Fly Scholarship Program to help scholars in areas of Mental Health, Gender Based Violence, Sexual and Reproductive Health, mentorship, career guidance, etc. This has continued to create hope in the lives of scholars who come from humble beginnings.
The Training Institute is also working with Penda Health Services to train health/administrative personnel in the region on various programs. Additionally, it partnered with Safaricom to train staff on Occupational Safety and Health programs. It now has a new Clinical placement partnership with Embu hospital and Nyeri hospital for our students.
Besides all these, Kenya National Qualification Authority registered its two academic qualifications: Advanced Certificate in Emergency Medical Technician and Diploma in Paramedicine. It is now registered as a workplace safety committee trainer with the Directorate of Occupational Health and safety.
And to boost learning, it launched a new syllabus with life skills units. It purchased state-of-the-art equipment and received a donation of equipment from the Board Members for both short medical courses and academic programs.
Academic student numbers have grown fast from 2021- 2022; EMTs at 25% and paramedicine at 47%.
2023 Plans at a glance
The Training Institute plans to expand to have a vibrant branch in Mombasa.
Secondly, in terms of Curricula, it intends to register a curriculum for Diploma in Disaster Management.
Thirdly, it will be rolling out Occupational Health and Safety Committee curricula by mid-next year.
Fourthly, given the speed at which the Training Institute is growing, it intends to acquire another building or additional campus to accommodate staff and students.
Lastly, next year’s top priorities will be pursuing critical partnerships with universities in Israel, the UK, the US, and the Middle East for student certification and exchange of programs.
You are always welcome to the Kenya Red Cross Training Institute