UoN, PATH Kenya to digitize Child Healthcare
On Tuesday, May 10, 2022, a delegation from PATH made a courtesy call on the University of Nairobi (UoN) Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Kiama led by the Chief of Africa Region, Dr. Nanthalile Mugala.
PATH Kenya and the University of Nairobi officially signed a collaborative agreement on maternal health and child health.
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.
At the meeting, Dr Nanthalile and Ms Caroline Njuguna, Country Director, PATH outlined the core mandate of PATH in Africa and how the organization fulfills its mandate through various partnerships. 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.
On his part, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kiama welcomed the collaboration and highlighted more thematic areas that PATH can partner with the University. The VC asserted that this project is 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.
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.