JKUAT through the Health Services Department and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) are in the process of collaborating in COVID-19 testing and treatment in an effort aimed at curbing the COVID-19 scourge.
Speaking during a meeting at JKUAT, October 5, 2021, EGPAF Country Director, Dr. Eliud Mwangi said the organization had received funding from Unitaid to implement integration of COVID-19 testing in Maternal and child health (MCH), HIV and TB clinics in selected health clinics and the JKUAT Hospital was one of the facilities chosen in Kiambu County.
“We want to generate evidence on the feasibility of this approach to inform national guidelines; and the project will utilise the experts in the University to take part in this noble endeavour,” said. Dr. Mwangi.
The project dubbed Catalytic COVID Action Project, running for a year, will also support the use of monoclonal antibodies in the treatment of COVID-19.
Envisioning that the collaboration between the two organisations will go beyond the COVID-19 scope, Dr. Mwangi said, they could explore collaboration in research and documentation, health informatics, joint grant application in programming and research and student fellowships including project work in HIV/TB.
“Being an Alumnus of JKUAT, I am aware that the University is strong on research and we want to leverage on this strength to delve into public health research mainly in HIV/TB preventive care and treatment,” said Dr. Mwangi.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi welcomed the collaboration between JKUAT and EGPAF saying it has come at an opportune time when the globe was in the midst of combating COVID-19 pandemic.
She further guaranteed the Country Director of the University’s support in ensuring that the mandate of the project is achieved.
“I welcome you to JKUAT and assure you of our commitment to support this collaboration whose ultimate objective is to increase COVID-19 testing and vaccination coverage in the country,” said Prof. Ngumi.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua, hailed the collaboration, stating that it was gratifying to know that the project will undertake joint research and its output will be beneficial to the society at large.
On his part, Ag. Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Patrick Mburugu stated that the collaboration will be instrumental in improving access to and uptake of effective Covid-19 testing and treatment at the JKUAT hospital.
The meeting was also addressed and attended by Ag. Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance, Prof. Jackson Kwanza, EGPAF Catalytic COVID Action Project Manager, Dr. Calvin Lwaka, Dean, School of Nursing, Dr. Mutisya Kyalo, EGPAF Director Research, Dr. Rose Masaba, EGPAF Director, Operations, Mr. John Baru, EGPAF Technical Assistant, Labaratory, Francis Onyango, JKUAT, Nursing Officer, Ms. Caroline Mwangi, JKUAT Teaching Fellow, Health Informatics, Mr. Amos Olwende and JKUAT Senior Medical Lab Technologist, Ms. Priscilla Otieno.