Rehabilitation for all through Digital Innovation and new Competencies

L-R: Dr. Wallace Karuguti, Mr. Michael Oduor (Finland), Dr. Reuben Thuo (Principal, COHES), Mr. Murtonen Kari-Pekka (Head of Global Action), Finland), Dr. Nassib Tawa and Caroline Mumbi

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), through the Centre for Research in Spinal Health & Rehabilitation Medicine, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, in the College of Health Sciences, has received a grant amounting to 799,567 Euros from the European Commission to implement a-three-year project titled, “Rehabilitation for all through digital innovation and new competencies (RADIC).”

The project is focused on digital innovations in rehabilitation and assistive technologies aimed at re-configuring rehabilitation education and training across the East African region to ensure that graduates are equipped with future-relevant professional competencies in rehabilitation and assistive technologies relevant in the emerging digital world, and, aligned to the multi-morbid epidemiologic profile of the population that is characterized by people living longer but with increasing prevalence of non-communicable diseases, injury, trauma and disability.

The RADIC project is domiciled at the Centre for Research in Spinal Health & Rehabilitation Medicine, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, and is spearheaded by Dr. Nassib Tawa, who is the focal point for Kenya.

The joint project runs from 2023-2026 and brings together eight universities (JKUAT, Moi University, JAMK University (Finland), University of Rwanda, University of Global Health Equity (Rwanda), Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College (Tanzania), State University of Zanzibar and Hochschule Fur Gesundheit University (Germany). The project will be implemented under the Erasmus + program within the work stream of “Capacity building in the field of higher education.”

The overall objective of the RADIC project, according to Dr. Tawa, “is to contribute towards increased capacity of higher education to support and scale digital transformation in Eastern Africa with the aim to ensure rehabilitation services for all.

It is estimated that 2.4 billion people globally are currently living with health conditions that benefit from rehabilitation.”

According WHO Needs Indicator, 2019, in Kenya, 1 in every 5 people has a condition that would benefit from rehabilitation services or assistive device. As such, digital transformation provides an opportunity to have more accessible and personalized model and system of rehabilitation in Kenya and across Eastern Africa.

RADIC answers to the need to strategically leverage digital tools, technologies, and services in rehabilitation through educational development and context-relevant technological innovations.

Primary target groups of the project include; lecturers from multi-disciplinary rehabilitation professions,   practitioners, students and the working life.

Other target groups include various professionals in social and health care, business sector, rehabilitation clients and the society at large.

Through project activities, outputs to be established include: Eastern Africa digital rehabilitation innovation community (IC), enhancing pedagogical competences/skills and increased knowledge of trainers and students related to digital rehabilitation, renewing partner institutions’ curricula on multidisciplinary digital rehabilitation for working life, and increasing awareness and understanding of digital rehabilitation among key stakeholders in Eastern Africa.

Dr. Tawa stated that “RADIC project will contribute to the much needed priority reforms in Rehabilitation, especially in bridging the gap on access to high quality and evidence-based rehabilitation services.”

The new project is aligned to other on-going projects within the department, particularly the establishment of the African Assistive Technology (AT) Centre of Excellence.

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