University of Nairobi and PATH Kenya partner to improve child healthcare 

By Opeyemi Babalola

As part of efforts towards improving quality of services of health workers to properly diagnose sick children, the University of Nairobi (UoN) and PATH Kenya, have signed a collaborative agreement on maternal and child health.

According to a statement obtained by University Times International, “In this partnership, the University of Nairobi through the Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases (UNITID)  will provide research leadership in 3 counties;  Kitui, Uasin Gishu and Kakamega: to develop digitization tools of integrated management for healthcare. This programme will seek to establish how operational it is for health workers when digital guidelines are used to improve and strengthen the quality of services and how cost-effective it would be to introduce clinical support decision algorithms which are mounted on a tablet to assist health workers to properly diagnose sick children.”

Speaking last week when a delegation from PATH visited the campus, Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Kiama, stated that the project was in alignment with the University’s mandate of providing community service and research.

He highlighted the University’s achievement of supplying data to policy makers through the Centre of Epidemiology, Modelling and Analysis, a Centre of Excellence in Africa.

Reacting, Director, East Africa Hub and Kenya Country Director, Caroline Njuguna, explained that PATH focuses on issues around climate change, antimicrobial resistance, vaccine innovation: such as the malaria vaccine project, strengthening health systems against any threats such as COVID-19 and advocacy and public policy to ensure the right policies, especially for maternal and child health are implemented at a national level.

Present during the signing were Dr Nanthalile Mugala, Chief of the Africa Region, Carolyne Njuguna , Director, East Africa Hub and Kenya Country Director,  Sibusiso Hlatjwako – Director of External Affairs (Africa Region), Andolo Miheso – TIMCI Global Project Manager, Brian Taliesin – Global Director Living Labs, Douglas Waudo – Regional Communications and Dr Charles Wanga – Head of Communications Africa Region.

They were accompanied by Professor Julius Oyugi of the Institute of Tropical & Infectious Diseases.

UoN VC Prof. Kiama and members of PATH after signing the collaborative agreement.

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