Kenyatta University hosted a week-long training program on international health informatics. Health informatics is the science of health information which is greatly enhanced by the information communication technologies. The program is tailored to meet the skills-gap challenge for low-and middle-income countries and attracted participants from South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya and Switzerland.
The course has been collaboratively developed by five universities under the secretariat of the USAID-funded MEASURE Evaluation project based at the University of North Carolina, USA. Other universities in this collaboration include University of Ghana, University of Pretoria, Addis Continental Institute of Public Health and Public Health Foundation of India.
Kenyatta University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Paul Wainaina opened the workshop and emphasized the need to prioritize the capacity for health professionals to effectively employ digital tools in their work. Prof. Wainaina added that Kenyatta University acknowledges the fundamental role of technology in all sectors.
Some of the skills taught in the program include how to use technology to link patients in remote areas with health specialists in well-endowed cities and countries, thereby providing high quality and affordable care. The program also lays emphasis on the need to integrate data management systems that are currently disjointed, thereby denying health managers and policy makers’ comprehensive datasets to use for planning health programs.
MEASURE Evaluation project plans to make this course freely available online for interested health and information technology professionals to learn and upgrade their skills.
Kenyatta University’s role in healthcare education includes programs catering for health professionals and the soon to be opened referral hospital which comes complete with a cancer treatment center. Kenyatta University and General Electric (GE) have partnered to build a complete Molecular Imaging Center (MIC), the third such center in Africa after South Africa and Egypt.
When opened, the hospital will
provide care in all the requisite cancer care areas of prevention, screening, early and accurate diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and supportive care.
Prof. Ephantus Kabiru, Dean School of Public Healthdelivers his remarks during the Workshop on Health Informatics for low and middle income Countries held at the Kenyatta University Conference Centre last week. To the extreme right is Prof. Paul K. Wainaina, Vice Chancellor, Kenyatta University
Kenyatta University wishes to inform all Certificate, Diploma and Postgraduate
students who completed their studies in 2016/2017 academic year and those
who completed their studies in first semester 2017/2018 academic year that
Special/Supplementary examinations will be held between Monday 24th to
Friday 28th September 2018.