There have been tough questions for the Government and the Country at large as the COVID-19 spreads. However, experts drawn from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and other knowledge institutions have been playing the critical role of bridging the gap with scientific knowledge in Kenya’s fight against the pandemic. Our own Prof. Simon Karanja has also been on the forefront of this fight, offering his epidemiological expertise. We were proud to see the President, on his 6th June 2020 address, show his confidence in knowledge institutions with regard to the national crisis management…. Continue reading →
As the Corona Virus (COVID-19) was declared a public health emergency, members of the public health community in Kenya and other parts of the world stepped up to offer the wealth of experience and expertise in areas related to mitigating the impact of the pandemic. Dr. Susan Mambo, the current Chair Lady in the department of Environmental Health and Disease Control, was one of these professionals at the forefront of the fight. You can view her contributions available in the links below.
Dr. Nzioki J. Mativo, a lecturer at the school of Public health in JKUAT Main campus and a member of Amnesty International-Kenya Chapter has won a United Nations research grant. The grant aims at reviewing the status of domestication of the human rights to water and sanitation, and measures to ‘Leaving No One Behind’ (LNOB) actors in wash in eight (8) countries in Africa, Asia and the pan-European region. This study will be conducted in collaboration with United Nations University-Institute of Natural Resource in Africa (Team lead) the Global Water Supply and Sanitation Collaboration Council… Continue reading →
Treatment of water differs from community to community depending on the volumes of water accessing the treatment plant. Water runoff from the surface will more often than not require more filtration, and subsequent treatment because of the debris as opposed to ground water. Due to the importance of water in everyday public health activities and probability of contamination, it is important that proper treatment and removal of agents that may cause disease occurs. How this is done encompasses an important role of public health trainees.
With the global COVID19 pandemic, measures that help to preserve healthy environments and help slow the spread of viruses are important. One of the things that is useful in preserving health environments is ventilation. When considering building sanitation, good ventilation is one thing that supplies fresh air which is important for human beings occupying the building. Furthermore, with the need to regularly clean surfaces effectively lighting is also an interrelated area that needs to be considered. It is with this in mind, as well as the other elements of building sanitation that Public Health students… Continue reading →
The field of public Health is constituted by many professional disciplines. These include but are not limited to behavioral and scientific fields like environmental sciences, health education, behavioral sciences, health services administration, social work, nursing and medicine. Community diagnosis as one of the components that constitutes public health. It observes collective and societal indicators over and above the awareness of the local setting so that one can determine the community health needs. The School of Public Health facilitates the area of community diagnosis for the School of Medicine. The team visited Kilifi earlier this year.
The obligation to advance health involves approval of building plans. County governments are responsible for ensuring constructed buildings are safe for human habitation. Public health officers attached at county offices utilize the Governments planning control. Approvals done in Kenya include county government approvals, NEMA approvals and project registration by National Construction Authority (NCA). It is therefore important that Public Health students have hands on experience in this practical exercise.
The design and construction of drainage and conservation systems should be based on sound engineering. This is to ensure that water sources that may cause flooding, stagnation, pollution of underground sources are managed. The obvious health risks such as breeding sites for vectors, pathogen incursion increasing risk of diseases, damage of water supply and contamination of domestic water sources should be avoided. It is with this aim that students of Public Health are exposed to field work that they may develop a practical understanding of theory.
The course Professional Ethics and Legal Framework seeks to expose public health students to the core competencies and regulatory practice of health-related laws. Students are challenged to apply public health skills by providing legal advice on a public health related case.
The JKUAT BSc. Public Health undergraduate course focuses on the enhancement and safeguarding of societies health and well-being. It has at its heart prevention among large groups of people. Some of the health risks and threats that are a significant source of morbidity, mortality, and health care costs among society is waste management. The necessity for the establishment of efficient and sustainable waste management systems is one of the goals of Kenya Vision 2030. It has identified solid waste management for five cities and towns namely; Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Nakuru and Thika as some of… Continue reading →
As per the May – August, 2019 Semester schedule dates, SOPH students are informed of the August, 2019 Examinations. The examinations run between 5th August, 2019 to 16th August, 2019. You can access the timetable here.
The Public Health Officers and Technicians Council (PHOTC) arrived at the University, Tuesday, July 9, 2019 for a consultative meeting regarding compliance with standards for training and accreditation in the School of Public Health. The three-man inspection team was led by Mr. Kitagwa PHOTC is a statutory body established by the Public Health Officers (Training, Registration and Licensing) Act No. 12 of 2013 to regulate the training, registration and licensing of public health professionals in Kenya. The Council’s main undertaking is to prescribe the courses of instruction for public health practitioners in Kenya guaranteeing appropriate… Continue reading →
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology with the University of Nottingham finalised a partnership that has seen the two institutions work towards mainstreaming innovative methods of teaching, fostering linkages with industries and enhancing student and staff exchange. The collaboration which is supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) through the British Council-managed Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform (SPHEIR) facilitated a curricular review exercise in the April – June quarter, 2019 targeting three programmes namely BSc. Public Health, BSc. Chemistry and BSc. Pharmacy in order to produce quality graduates who can… Continue reading →
Capturing Solutions for County Learning and Scaling UP The Council of Governors (COG) – Maarifa Center conducted a workshop with JKUAT – College of Health Sciences COHES School of Public Health (SOPH) staff and students in April and June 2019. The training facilitated the acquisition of critical skills in knowledge capturing, and to support documentation of innovations and best practices in the counties. The Maarifa Center has a mission to build capacity for knowledge management in Kenya and to support the identification and documentation of county innovations, best practices, and other successful initiatives that are… Continue reading →