Over 120 postgraduate students and researchers in the area of medicine drawn from Africa, Asia, Europe and America, have commenced a five day training programme on effective disease diagnosis techniques, based on evidence from laboratory findings and clinical data in relation to the climatic changes. The training workshop between August 6 and August 11, 2018, aims at aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Africa’s Agenda 2063 through capacity building.
The workshop and symposium themed from evidence generation through effective lab diagnosis and disease prediction strategies to effective implementation findings focuses on equipping the researchers and scholars with new techniques of disease modeling with regards to climate change as well as having an insight of how to use climate data for public health interventions. Participants will procure practical skills which they are expected to implement in their home country while evaluating and documenting clinical information, interacting with patients and delivering care under limited resources.
Prof. Mary Abukutsa, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension who was representing Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, Vice Chancellor, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) underscored the significance of the training in mainstreaming Sustainable Development Goals while urging the participants to be agents of change in their respective countries.
“You will agree with me ladies and gentlemen that the achievement of SDGs and Africa’s Agenda 2063 is highly dependent on generation of simple and proper implementation of workable policies. It is expected that participants will have experience on how to translate scientific findings into implementation of programs, that multidisciplinary and multi-institutional partnerships will be initiated with the aim of coming up with effective disease control strategies in their various institutions, “said Prof. Abukutsa.
Addressing the participants, Prof. Haroun Mengech, Principal College of Health Sciences, also lauded the importance of the training in reduction to microbial diseases while thanking the sponsors for supporting the visionary training.
“This training will oversee a step forward in significant reduction of microbial diseases and boost research in JKUAT and Kenya, as a whole, I am specifically grateful to all the financiers,” said Prof. Mengech.
The training which was officially launched at The African Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD),Assembly Hall, was organized by JKUAT and sponsored by multiple support of donors who included The Center for International Health (CIH) in Germany which is supported by DAAD and ASPEN pharmaceuticals in collaboration with the Government of Kenya.