Italian collaborations with University of Nairobi Faculty of Health Sciences

On the 6th of September 2023 visitors from Italy including a representative from the embassy of Italy and a Professor of Urology from Campus Bio Medico University of Rome. The courtesy call aimed at setting up collaborations between the Faculty and other medical stakeholders from Italy. In attendance was a representative from the Ministry of Health- Kenya Dr. Ouma Oluga.

The visit comes after the president of Italy visit to the University and signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Country and University of Nairobi. The discussions included the main interests of the faculty and areas where the Italian partners could assist. Based on the Kenyan Government health care plan dabbed one health approach which aims at having universal health care coverage for each Kenyan
their is need for competency based training for health care providers. As a school training competent and well equipped care givers is part of our goal.

Simulation labs to align the Faculty with the trend switch to non-invasive procedures on patients is a great step. The stakeholders agreed to help improve the already existing simulation lab at the Nursing school and train the students on the same. Prof. Nicola Napoli of Campus Bio Medico University of Rome suggested online
collaborative classes for students from both Italy and Kenya. Kenya as a tropical zone is known for Infectious diseases. Exchange programmes between the two schools would allow the Italians learn more on Infectious diseases and Kenyan students on Plastic and Reconstructive surgery which is a specialty in Italy.

The meeting was a success with agreements for follow up communication and MOUs to seal the agreed collaborations.

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