JKUAT and Indiana University in Health Promotion Partnership

Prof. Ngumi (right) and Prof. Menachemi exchange partnership documents shortly after signing

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has signed a memorandum of intent with Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health (FSPH) at Indiana University to collaborate in health research, education, cultural exchange, and community-based engagement.

In the next three years, the two institutions will roll out joint activities covering public health, population health, maternal and child health, nursing, cancer prevention and treatment, digital health and informatics.

At the heart of the partnership will be the roll-out of Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Superhub Project. This makes JKUAT the first university in the region to host an ECHO Superhub. Through the ECHO Superhub, the two institutions will connect primary care teams with interdisciplinary specialists thereby delivering optimal care for complex chronic health conditions.

Speaking during the signing of the memorandum, interim Dean of FSPH Prof. Nir Menachemi said, the partnership with JKUAT aligns with three pillars of Indiana University strategic plan namely, student success and opportunity, transformative research and creativity; and service to the state of Indiana and beyond.

“I am excited by the potential of this collaboration to catalyse joint transformative research and creative scholarly activities for Kenyan and American faculty, staff and students,” Prof. Menachemi added.

Dr. Sherri Bucher the Chair, Department of Community and Global Health at FSPH reported that through the collaboration, JKUAT and SFPH will jointly facilitate a number of online educational opportunities regarding cancer prevention, screening and treatment.

Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi lauded Indiana University for its agility in implementing collaborative engagements with JKUAT. She noted that the American university had consolidated strong global utility in public health which dovetails well with JKUAT scientific research and innovation in the health sector.

Prof. Ngumi added that quality healthcare remains a priority for governments around the world, particularly in developing countries that continue to grapple with a number of health challenges.

“It is inspiring to note that already our teams have lined up joint activities such as the upcoming Neonatal resuscitation training at Mama Lucy Hospital,” Prof. Ngumi added.

The collaboration between JKUAT and Indiana University will also be expanded in scope beyond health sciences into informatics, computing, medicine and engineering.

Present during the signing ceremony were Deputy Vice Chancellors: Prof. Jackson Kwanza (Research, Production and Extension); Prof. Robert Kinyua (Academic Affairs) and the Principal, College of Health Sciences, Dr. Reuben Thuo.

JKUAT and Indiana University teams during the Memorandum of Intent signing ceremony

Comments are closed.