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Health CECs chairs lauds HIV Capacity Building Fellowship Program achievements

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From left: Mr. Francis Njiri (Program Manager, UHIV Fellowship Program), Prof. Peter Ngugi(Director East African Kidney Institute), Prof. James Machoki (Acting Principal CHS), Dr. Andrew Mulwa (Chair of CECs for Health), Prof. Mutuku Mwanthi (Director, School of Public Health), Dr. Miriam Wagoro (Director School of Nursing Sciences) and Prof. C.F. Otieno (Dean, School of Medicine).

The Chairman of County Executives Committee (CEC) for Health Dr. Andrew Mulwa has lauded the achievements made by the University of Nairobi (UoN) under the HIV Capacity Building Fellowship Program.

Speaking during a meeting with College of Health Sciences (CHS) acting Principal, Prof. James Machoki, Dr. Mulwa committed to providing support during implementation of the program.

According to Dr. Mulwa, the future of training for medicine and capacity building needs to focus on setting up centers of excellence under a co-investment between UoN and counties.

“Centers of excellence would be a welcome idea for the politicians. Regional blocks are being developed and they have support from county governments,” Dr. Mulwa said.

On his part, Prof. Machoki noted that the role of the CECs is going to be critical since the health goals that the country has cannot be achieved without working with County Health Departments.

“It will be a great opportunity for counties to work with tertiary institutions in win-win situations. There will be need to create for a where UoN is invited to collaborate with the counties in various sectors through the different colleges depending on the need for instance in health, construction, engineering and many other needs,” Prof. Machoki said.

He said the HIV Capacity Building Fellowship aims to support institutions and human resources for health using a three tier approach (2-year fellowship, 9-month fellowship, 7-week short courses) adding that UoN is applying for a county capacity building grant which needs to extend this to the entire country though county health departments.

The HIV Capacity Building Fellowship was established in 2015 through a PEPFAR funded grant to build this capacity in collaboration with local and international partners.

The program puts efforts towards supporting the country HIV programs in line with existing and emerging policies and plans.

In the last four years, the UoN HIV Capacity Building Fellowship Program has established partnership with 36 local organizations who are implementing HIV programs. These are distributed across 12 counties and include county health departments, public & private health facilities, NGOs, CBOs among others. The program has provided scholarships to 31 senior health care workers on the 2-year fellowship, 57 middle level health managers under the 9-month fellowship and over 1000 health care workers have taken at list one of the the 12 online short courses.

Dr. Mulwa underscored the commitment of the county health departments towards working with the UoN in the county capacity building grant for which the UoN was applying for funding by CDC.


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