Community Health Assistant

BCRU

Looking for healthcare job opportunities in community development, HIV-AIDS management, or Social Work with Government bodies, research institutions, or NGOs? A certificate in Community Health Assistant prepares you for a fulfilling role in discharging various community health duties and contributing towards meeting the identified health needs and requirements.

Community health assistants (CHAs) often work with vulnerable populations, like the elderly, low-income families, or those in remote areas, as well as other groups of people such as:

  • Individuals with chronic health conditions: CHWs can provide education, support groups, and medication adherence programs for people managing diabetes, heart disease, asthma, and other chronic conditions.
  • Pregnant women and new mothers: CHWs can offer prenatal education, breastfeeding support, and connect mothers with childcare resources.
  • School children and adolescents: CHWs can deliver workshops on healthy eating, sexual health education, and mental health awareness in schools.
  • People at risk for specific health issues: CHWs might target outreach programs towards populations more susceptible to certain diseases, like HIV/AIDS prevention or tobacco cessation programs for smokers.

What is community health assistant?

A Community Health Assistant (CHA) is a healthcare professional who provides primary healthcare services and health education to individuals and communities. CHAs are typically trained to work in rural or under-served areas where access to healthcare services may be limited. 

The main employers of Community Health Assistants (CHAs) include:

  • Government Health Agencies
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), both local and international
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Community-Based Organizations,
  • Academic Institutions, particularly those with health sciences or public health programs

They may serve as educators or field supervisors, training future healthcare professionals or conducting research in community health.

Certificate in community health assistant

Upon successful completion of your certificate in community health, students will be expected to work with NGOs and other government or community-focused organizations or projects to deliver essential services to the communities. Depending on the nature of the organization, the scope of your duties may include:

  • Health Promotion and Education: CHAs educate individuals and communities about various health topics, including disease prevention, hygiene practices, family planning, nutrition, and maternal and child health
  • Basic Healthcare Services: CHAs provide basic healthcare services such as conducting health screenings, performing basic diagnostic tests, administering vaccinations, and managing common illnesses and injuries
  • HIV/AIDS management: Community Health Assistants (CHAs) play a crucial role in HIV/AIDS management, serving as a vital link between communities and healthcare services. CHAs conduct educational campaigns and workshops to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS transmission, prevention methods, and importance of testing. They may organize mobile testing units or provide information on nearby testing facilities. CHAs also play a crucial role in linking individuals diagnosed with HIV to healthcare services, and provide emotional support and counseling to patients, helping them cope with stigma, discrimination, and anxiety. They may also connect patients to support groups or other social services.
  • Data Collection and Reporting: CHAs collect data and relay information to stakeholders to inform programs and policies; document all client encounters and contracts made on behalf of clients; complete and submit monthly reports; maintain comprehensive electronic client files, such as client notes, release of information, assessments and other medical documents acquired on behalf of the client.
  • Community Engagement: CHAs work closely with community leaders, organizations, and stakeholders to identify health priorities, develop health programs, and advocate for the health needs of the community.

By serving as trusted members of their communities and building strong relationships with individuals suffering from various diseases, CHAs contribute significantly to improving access to care, reducing stigma, and ultimately saving lives.

Community health certificate duration

The duration of Community Health Assistant course is:

  • One year – for certificate (level 5), which requires grade D plain and above
  • Six months plus attachment  – for artisan (level 4), which requires grade D- minus

Qualifications for certificate in community health assistant

An individual entering this course should have any of the following minimum requirements:

  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) mean grade D (plain) or D- for artisan level.

Or

  • Equivalent qualifications as determined by Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA)

And/or

  • As may be guided by relevant regulatory body

Industrial Attachment

An individual enrolled in this course will undergo a field attachment in a Community Health Unit for a minimum period of 2 months.

Examinations

There will be:

  • Continuous internal assessments coordinated by BCTI
  • External Competence assessment at completion of course coordinated by TVET CDACC

Certification

If successfully completed, the candidate will be awarded a certificate by TVET CDACC and Beta Care Training Institute.

 

Registration fee:

Kshs. 1,000

Food and Accommodation for boarders

9,000 per month

Our Intakes

March, May & September

Reporting Date for next Intake

May, 2024 Apply Now

Got a Question?

Please call or Whatsapp on 0708177909 for the fee structure and further assistance.

4 Responses
    1. TonnieBeta

      Hi, we say it’s actually two trimesters (6 months) coursework, followed by 3 months of attachment. If you can, send us message on whatsapp for the fee structure. 0708177909

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