The importance of nursing assistants is amplified as a reaction to the shortage of registered nurses. In light of the insight of this huge skill gap, The Hunar Foundation launched Hunar Cares and introduced the BNA (Basic Nursing Assistant) program with a commitment to invest in developing a skilled workforce in the healthcare industry.
After the initial planning stages, the pilot program of Basic Nursing Assistant was launched in January 2023, incorporating the vision and insight of the executive committee members of Hunar Cares. The pilot started with 49 students, with an even split between males and females. The project started with a focused marketing campaign and signed MOUs to partner with key players in the healthcare industry. The population resonated well with the project, both in terms of enrollment and placement. All enrolled students paid their fees and they are provided with training and placements as care attendants to shape their career goals.
The future scope for further work in the Training Programs includes the following:
- Lay Counsellor
- Physiotherapy Assistant
- Critical Care Assistant
- Community Health Managers
- Medical Receptionists