JKUAT and Teikyo Collaborate to Tackle Non-Communicable Diseases

Prof. Yamamoto Hideki and Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi exchange the collaborative agreement document

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has taken a major step in addressing Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) by signing a Collaborative Research Agreement with Teikyo University of Tokyo, Japan.

The agreement comes as the two institutions await the establishment of a state-of-the-art Non-Communicable Disease Institute at JKUAT, worth Kshs. 6 billion, with the financial support of the Japanese Government through AFRECO.

The collaboration between JKUAT and Teikyo University is set to explore joint educational, training and research activities, staff and student exchanges, joint conferences, symposia and seminars, and practical training in pre-identified or otherwise selected fields.

While assuring Teikyo University that they had chosen the right partner to collaborate with, JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi informed the delegation JKUAT is a leading institution for training, research, and innovation, with a strong commitment to developing cutting-edge academic and research products.

On the establishment of the Non-Communicable Disease Institute, Prof. Ngumi said the support from the Japanese Government demonstrates the importance of international collaboration in addressing global health challenges. This project will not only benefit Kenya but also contribute to the global effort to tackle Non-Communicable Diseases, which are a major public health concern worldwide.

Putting pen to paper

“The establishment of this Institute at JKUAT, with the support of the Japanese Government through AFRECO, will strengthen the country’s healthcare system and enhance the capacity of health professionals and researchers to tackle the growing burden of Non-Communicable Diseases,” said Prof. Ngumi.

Prof. Yamamoto Hideki, a Professor of Health Policy Management at Teikyo University of Tokyo said the collaboration is expected to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and skills between the two institutions.

“Building human resource capacity in the health sector is key in the attainment of health care for all, as envisioned in the Sustainable Development Goals,’” said Prof. Yamamoto, adding that the partnership will enhance the research capacity of both institutions and promote the development of innovative solutions to address Non-Communicable Diseases in Kenya and beyond.

According to the Principal, the College of Health Sciences, JKUAT, Dr. Reuben Thuo, the two institutions will leverage their strengths and expertise to tackle the burden of Non-Communicable Diseases, which account for more than 50% of all deaths in Kenya.

“The establishment of the Non-Communicable Disease Institute at JKUAT is a significant development for Kenya’s health sector. The institute will have a multi-disciplinary approach to Non-Communicable Diseases research, education, and training, with a focus on developing practical solutions to address the challenges faced in preventing and managing Non-Communicable Diseases,” said Dr. Thuo.

Prof. Yamamoto was accompanied by Prof. Kenzo Takahashi, Dr. Kiichi Oyasu, and Dr. Yuichi Ando. They were welcomed by Vice Chancellor in the company of her Deputy Vice Chancellors; Prof. Bernard Ikua, Prof. Robert Kinyua, and Prof. Jackson Kwanza among other faculty members of the Colleges of Health Sciences.

JKUAT and Teikyo University collaborate to tackle Non-Communicable Diseases

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