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UoN, KNH and NESA host 2nd surgical workshop

The University of Nairobi in partnership with the Kenyatta Hospital and New European Surgical Academy (NESA) held a second surgical workshop. The main focus being on obstetrics and gynecology health.

A team from NESA led by the founder Dr. Michael Stark and four other gynecology specialists were the main speakers during the workshop, training the attendees on new and improved skills for handling gynecology cases.

Lead Exposure in Nairobi's Informal Settlements: Impact on Maternal and Child Health

Scholars conducted research on Maternal and Umbilical Cord Blood Lead Levels on selected informal settlements in Nairobi, Kenya.

The study included mothers from the Dandora and Kariobangi estates who went to deliver at the Pumwani hospital. Blood samples and umbilical cord samples were collected and screened at the government chemist.

NSSC receives a digital upgrade on its equipment

The Nairobi Surgical Skills Centre (NSSC) received a digital upgrade on their equipment. An appreciation launch was held on 14th March, 2024 to thank the sponsors for the state of the art equipment.

The digital upgrade grant was donated by Proximie’s Amazon Web Services Health Equity Award within the Innovate+ Kenya Global program. This provided for hardware, license, and change management and an additional in-kind value.

The Faculty of Health Sciences inaugural Cultural Week

The Faculty of Health Sciences held its first ever cultural week organized by the Association of Medical Students University of Nairobi (AMSUN) Art club. The event brought together medical students who got a chance to showcase their different talents during the week.

AMSUN Art is a club dedicated to providing a platform for medical students to express their talents and network with like-minded individuals. The week was packed full of interesting exhibitions, workshops and was crowned by a prom night.

UoN & UM win prestigious BCDI 2030 grant for pioneering medical microbiology & infectious diseases research

We are proud to announce a landmark achievement. The Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Nairobi, in partnership with the Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Max Rady College of Medicine at the University of Manitoba, has been awarded a significant grant of approximately 70 million Kenyan Shillings (KSH) from the Canadian International Development Scholarships 2030 (BCDI 2030).

Call for UANDISHI Mentees, 2024

“UANDISHI-Building Capacity for Writing Scientific Manuscripts” is an innovative and experiential training program in mentoring and scientific manuscript writing aimed at building capacity for scientific writing, at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) University of Nairobi (UoN); the program is hosted at KAVI-Institute of Clinical Research.

Call for UANDISHI Mentors, 2024

“UANDISHI-Building Capacity for Writing Scientific Manuscripts” is an innovative and experiential training program in mentoring and scientific manuscript writing aimed at building capacity for writing scientific manuscripts, at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) University of Nairobi (UoN); the program is hosted at KAVI-Institute of Clinical Research.

FHS scoops best performing faculty award

The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) emerged the best performing faculty during the University of Nairobi annual performance contract signing and staff recognition awards held on 27th November, 2023.

The two in one event had the top officials signing their performance contracts in the presence of other members of faculty and staff. The ceremony marked an important step in ensuring high standards of service delivery to clients of the University.

AMSUN Elections 2023

The Association of Medical Students of the University of Nairobi (AMSUN) held the 2023 elections on 24th November, 2023.
The elections saw more than 20 participants contest for different head positions in the association.
The chairperson position had 3 contestants in total with the winner Mohamed Jamal(MJ) emerging top with a total of 735 votes.

UoN scholar conducts groundbreaking study on brucellosis in Kenya

Athman Mwatondo, a PhD scholar from the University of Nairobi's Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology has led a critical study on brucellosis, a neglected zoonotic disease impacting humans and livestock.

This research that is part of his ongoing doctoral research was supervised by his mentors Dr. Marianne Mureithi and Dr. Stephen Gichuhi both from UoN, alongside Dr. Bernard Bett from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

UANDISHI AWARD CEREMONY

UANDISHI-Building Capacity for Writing Scientific Manuscripts program held the certificate award ceremony to mark completion of the year 2023 training.

UANDISHI is an innovative and experiential blended mentor-mentee Scientific Manuscript Writing and Mentorship training being implemented at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), University of Nairobi.

FHS crowned winners during annual UoN sports day 2023

The Faculty of Health Sciences is the winner of the 5th edition of the University of Nairobi annual sports day held on Friday, 3rd November, 2023.

This was a great improvement for the team that emerged as 2nd runners up in last year’s event.

The teams comprising of both staff and students is commonly referred to as Team Afya, produced sterling performance in different games categories.

Courtesy call by the University of Nairobi Alumni Association

The University of Nairobi Alumni Association on the 7th of September 2023 paid a courtesy call to the Faculty of Health Sciences. Their visit targeted the Department of Pharmacy. 

The meeting allowed discussions around strenghthening ties between the department and the Association through engaging in and supporting different activities in partnership to help grow both establishments.

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.

Admission patterns of orthopedic and trauma patients in Kenyatta National Hospital; A Descriptive study

Scholars conducted a study to determine the admission patterns of orthopedic and trauma patients at the Kenyatta National Hospital. The study included reviewing 109 patient charts to determine the cause of admission.

The study revealed that a majority of patients admitted with trauma and orthopedic injuries were of middle age between 25 and 64 years. The average age was 33.8 years. More men than women were admitted for the same.

Dr. Opanga scoops Jones K. Jones award in Canada

Dr. Sylvia Opanga was awarded the Judith K. Jones award for impact on public health through phamacoepidemiology.

The award was in recognition for her demonstrable impact on public health through work in pharmacoepidemiology.

The award was presented to Dr. Opanga during the 39th International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology & Therapeutic Risk Management in Canada.

Advancing global health through collaboration- Prof Wamai Carnelian African Diaspora Fellow - Northeastern University, Boston, USA

"Go, See, Learn and Change" This was the parting shot by Prof.Wamai Carnelian African
Diaspora Fellow from Northeastern University, Boston, USA during his seminar on collaborative global health.


As a health system expert, Prof. Wamai had a loaded presentation on a life of work and
passion in collaborative global health. He highlighted dimensions of global health including security and finance as an approach to this very important branch of health care.

DETERMINANTS OF HIV TRANSMISSION AMONG CHILDREN BORN TO HIV-INFECTED MOTHERS ON PMTCT PROGRAM

Elimination and prevention of mother to child human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmission remains a global public health concern. Scholars conducted a control case study on determinants of human immunodefiency virus (HIV) transmission among children born to HIV- infected mothers on Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) program. The study included cases specifically from Kilifi County.

Launch of The Wound Care Illustrated Text Book

A wound care symposium organized by the wound society of Kenya was held on 28th, July 2023 at the
University of Nairobi at Faculty of Health Sciences Lecture Theatre Three.


The colorful event had a host of doctors speaking on different topics concerning wound care. The
topics included basic wound care knowledge, wound dressing and modern technology, nutrition in
wound care management and management of chronic wounds.

KAVI-Institute of Clinical Research Wins IAVI EQA Awards

KAVI-Institute of Clinical Research (KAVI-ICR) was awarded the 2022 International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
(IAVI) External Quality Assessment (EQA) Awards For Tier 1 and Tier 2. This is the second year running
that the Institute has won this prestigious award. It recognizes the best performing laboratories
amongst their Clinical Research Centres in Africa. The Institute at the University of Nairobi, KNH Campus
was first among Tier 1 and the Kangemi site among Tier 2.

Pain and palliative care workshop by KEHPCA and University of Nairobi

Pain management is key in delivering quality health care for patients. This was the
main message during a training conducted by Kenya Hospice and Palliative Care
Association(KEHPCA) on Pain and palliative care. The hybrid training saw more than
100 participants in attendance.
The training targeted this year's finalists to equip them with palliative care
knowledge to deliver better care for their patients as they head out for their
internships.
Prof. Cheserem opened the training officially. She encouraged the finalists to attend

Hematological Abnormalities Among Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease.

Scholars conducted a study on hematological abnormalities among patients with chronic kidney disease.

The study conducted on 120 patients over a period of six months, revealed that about a third of the patients presented neutrophilia, which is an indication of inflammation in the patient’s body. Microcytic anaemia is the most common haematological abnormality and is likely due to iron deficiency.

Launch of Wondfo & UoN laboratory training centre

The University of Nairobi (UoN) and Wondfo Biotech Company Limited jointly launched a laboratory training center that will offer an opportunity to local researchers jointly with their counterparts from China to innovate technologies that are best suited in addressing local health challenges.

The launch of the centre came as a result of a signed collaboration between UoN and Wondfo Biotech Company Limited, a Chinese manufacturer and distributor of diagnostic equipment.

CALL FOR PAPERS: 6 th International Conference on Health (ICH 2023)

The University of Nairobi Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) and Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) will host the 6th International Conference on Health (ICH 2023) from 12th to 13th October, 2023.

The conference will bring together leading healthcare practitioners and intellectual leaders from Kenya and around the world. The insights from the conference will provide directions for the health agenda in Kenya and globally.

CONFERENCE THEME:

Optimising health outcomes through evidence based care.

CONFERENCE SUB-THEMES:

Knowledge and Attitudes Among Nurses and Midwives on Female Genital Mutilation in Cyprus and Kenya

A comparative study on knowledge and attitudes of Female Genital Mutilation was conducted nurses and midwives in Cyprus and Kenya.

It is estimated that 200 million women are living with Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). FGM is a violation of human rights. It has detrimental effects on women's physical and psychological health. Nurses and midwives have an essential role in the management and prevention of FGM.

Launch of University of Nairobi, Energy Circle Australia Artificial Intelligence Health Collaboration

The University of Nairobi’s partnership with Energy Circle Australia has led to the introduction of the use of Artificial Intelligence assisted medical devices to help improve the testing and diagnosis of non-communicable diseases at community level. The initial focus being in Hypertension and diabetic retinopathy.

A RISK SCORE FOR PREDICTING CHLAMYDIA TRACHOMATIS INFECTION IN KENYAN WOMEN PLANNING CONCEPTION

A study conducted by scholars on women planning conception revealed that they are more
prone to Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Infections.
The study aimed at developing a risk score to identify women with higher likelihood of
contracting Chlamydia Trachomatis infection. This would determine prioritization of
patients at risk for lab testing.
CT infection testing is a very costly affair. To encourage early detection, identification of
those at higher risk is key. With the development of the risk chart, women planning

Courtesy call from University of Tennessee College of Nursing

The University of Tennessee Nursing College paid a visit to the Faculty of Health sciences University of Nairobi. The courtesy call came after a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two universities for academic collaboration.

The meeting had representatives from different departments of the UoN FHS. The meeting saw discussions  on capitalizing on research which is in line with both University’s’ goals. Integrated learning including simulation and virtual reality in the nursing world were also a key point of discussion.

UoN & KNH experts launch guidelines to fight antimicrobial resistance

Medical experts from the University of Nairobi (UoN) Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) and Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) launched guidelines aimed at fighting antimicrobial resistance.

The experts urged Kenyans to use anti-biotics appropriately to stop Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) in the country.

Antimicrobial Resistance is a fast spreading pandemic that threatens the wellbeing of humanity because of the inability to treat simple infections due to resistance from the cause bacteria.

Oesophageal cancer in Kenya (EC)

Kenya belongs to a high incidence region known as Africa’s oesophageal cancer corridor. Research on EC in Kenya has gone highly unnoticed. EC in Kenya is unique in its high percentage of young cases.

A study was conducted and the focus was mainly on significant risk factors such as alcohol drinking, genetic factors, malnutrition and hot food/drink. Future directions in the study and prevention of EC in Kenya were also discussed.

Medical camp success in Muranga

The medical camp organized at the Diocese of Murang'a Catholic parish on 12th May,2023  was a resounding success, providing essential healthcare services to the local community. The event brought together Nursing students from the University of Nairobi and the University of South Alabama, who volunteered their time and expertise to ensure the smooth running of the camp. Led by Dr. Lilian Omondi from the University of Nairobi and Dr.

AMSUN hosts 2nd annual Leave No Medic Behind charity run

The 2nd annual Leave No Medic Behind (LNMB) charity run was held on 29th April, 2023.
The run which was organized by the Association of Medical Students of the University of Nairobi (AMSUN), aims at raising funds to support the financial needs of underprivileged students pursuing medicine.
The annual event brings together health professionals, enthusiasts, and supporters, united by their passion for making medical education accessible to all.
This year's event was graced by Faculty of Health Sciences Dean, Prof. George Osanjo.

Does keloid history influence reoccurrence?

A study was conducted to determine whether Keloid history affected reoccurrence.  This was an eventual longitudinal study to determine whether histopathological parameters of keloid influence recurrence.

Keloids are fibro proliferative disorders characterized by high recurrence rates, with few factors known to influence the same. Patients with keloids managed by surgical excision were followed up at Kenyatta National Hospital between August 2018 and July 2020.

Team Ramesh carries the day at FHS UNSA elections

Ramesh Saxena is the new Chairperson of the University of Nairobi Students Association at the Faculty of Health Sciences.
Saxena emerged the winner in the student's election held online on Friday 24th March, 2023.
Team Ramesh, garnered 1,254 votes against Team Milton which got 1145 votes.
Other members in Team Ramesh are:
Tecla Katana - Vice - Vice Chairperson
Reuben Kagai - Secretary General
Renny Orenge - Treasurer
Mwende Kanabu - Sports and Social Welfare Rep
Purity Moshi - International Students Rep.

Vision-Related Quality of Life among Patients Attending the Diabetes and Eye Clinics in Kenyatta National Hospital, Kenya

Scholars conducted a study on patients living with diabetes to evaluate the quality of life they lead focusing on those suffering from vision impairing diseases caused by diabetes.

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common vision disease. It is a disease that affects the retina caused by high levels of blood sugar which is diabetes.

Integrating cervical cancer screening into family planning clinics

Integration of cervical cancer screening in family planning clinics has allowed for more reproductive-aged women to be screened according to scholars.

The study conducted in the coastal Mombasa, Kenya revealed that the presence of screening facilities in family planning clinics has enabled the health workers to reach many women aged 15 to 49 years.

Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health Emergency Obstetric Drills to improve maternal and Child Outcomes

Obstetric emergencies can arise at any point during labor, necessitating rapid and skilled intervention to minimize adverse outcomes for both mother and child.

Emergency obstetric drills have become a vital component of modern obstetric care in order to guarantee that healthcare providers are well-equipped to manage such situations.

Winnie Byanyima, UNAIDS Executive Director visit

“For me HIV is more than a disease; it is an injustice. With everything we know from 40 years of this pandemic, the science, the drugs, the prevention tools, no one should be infected by HIV and no one should die from AIDS related causes. We can end the ugly inequalities driving HIV! We have all the tools to prevent and treat HIV and enable people to live long and healthy lives. If we do the right thing, we can end the injustice of AIDS.

CLOSURE OF FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES CAR PARKING (INSIDE) 0N WEDNESDAY 8TH FEBRUARY, 2023

The procession for the late Prof. George Magoha at the Faculty of Health Sciences is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 8th February, 2023 at the faculty of health sciences and this will affect the faculty’s inside parking area from 6:00am-11:30am. All the students and staff are therefore advised to park at the New Pharmacy Building, Nursing and Old Pharmacy parking areas. You are further required to only use the car with a valid University sticker. Attachment

USAID Fahari ya Jamii hosts the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Health Diplomacy (S/GAC)

The University of Nairobi USAID Fahari ya Jamii project, in partnership with the Nairobi City County Government was honored to host Dr. John Nkengasong, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, at the Mathare North Health Centre on 24th January 2022.

The visit provided an opportunity to reflect on the progress and successes achieved over the past 20 years through the implementation of programs aimed at ending HIV in the county.

Building Capacity for Writing Scientific Manuscripts: Call for Applications - Mentees, 2023

“UANDISHI-Building Capacity for Writing Scientific Manuscripts” is an innovative and experiential training program in mentoring and scientific manuscript writing aimed at building capacity for writing scientific manuscripts, at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) University of Nairobi (UoN).  This program complements other training programs within FHS/UoN, and is hosted at KAVI-Institute of Clinical Research.

68th UoN graduation valedictorian from Faculty of Health Sciences

Miheso Collins Lemashon, a graduate from the Faculty of Health Sciences with a Bachelor of Science degree in Medicine and Surgery specializing in Human Anatomy was privileged to give the valedictorian speech during the 68th University of Nairobi graduation ceremony.

He had the highest aggregate score of 90.5 points which earned him a first class honors.

Building Capacity for Writing Scientific Manuscripts: Call for Applications - Mentors, 2023

“UANDISHI-Building Capacity for Writing Scientific Manuscripts” is an innovative and experiential training program in mentoring and scientific manuscript writing aimed at building capacity for writing scientific manuscripts, at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) University of Nairobi (UoN).  This program complements other training programs within FHS/UoN, and is hosted at KAVI-Institute of Clinical Research.

FHS maintains top class performance at staff award ceremony

The Faculty of Health Sciences produced a stellar performance at the University of Nairobi annual Staff Performance and Recognition Award Ceremony held on Monday, 5th December 2022.  

The Department of Medical microbiology and immunology emerged the best department overall in the performance contract for Financial Year 2021/2022 for the second year in a row.

World Prematurity Day 2022

The University of Nairobi (UoN) through its USAID funded Fahari ya Jamii project joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Prematurity Day at Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi County.

The occasion was graced by the Health CS Susan Nakhumicha who noted that preventing deaths among babies born too soon is a public health priority.

Medical students share their experience during electives in France

On the 11th of November 2022 the University of Nairobi Faculty of Health Sciences French club; AFRÉME convened a meeting for some of its members to share their experience during their elective in Paris,France for six weeks.

The three speakers Esperancia Kapanga, Nikita Muthuri and Diana Lughanje covered various facets of their experiences both within and without the hospital including their travel not only within France but also to various other countries across Europe.

USAID Fahari ya Jamii hosts USAID delegates for Community Health Strategy Learning Experience

On November 9, 2022, the USAID Fahari Jamii project, in collaboration with Nairobi City County, received a delegation from the US Agency for International Development Kenya and East Africa (USAID/KEA) at the Milimani village and Lunga Lunga health center in Viwandani Ward. The visit's objective was to interact with the community health systems for sustained health service delivery in reproductive, maternal, child, and adolescent health, family planning, and WASH.
 

Virtual Reality in Medicine and Surgery (VRiMS)

The Operation Theater Practitioners Alliance of Kenya (OTPAK) in collaboration with Professor Jag Dhanda from Brighton and Sussex Medical School held an educational workshop for Kenyan physicians.

Over the course of 3 days, attendees were lectured on multiple concepts, ranging from virtual reality to fracture management, and taught multiple surgical procedures on cadavers.

AMSUN elections 2022 voting procedure

PROCEDURE ON HOW TO CAST YOUR VOTE
1. Login to the eVote system (https://vote.uonbi.ac.ke)
2. Navigate to My Ballots
Note: You are already enrolled in AMSUN Ballot, which you are eligible to vote
3. Click on the red poll icon

4. Select the post you would like to cast a vote (E.g Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasure etc)
5. Select your Preferred candidate
6. Submit your vote by clicking the button “CAST YOUR VOTE”

FHS emerges 2nd runners up in annual varsity sports day

The Faculty of Health Sciences emerged 2nd runners up in this year’s University of Nairobi annual sports day.

The teams comprising of both staff and students commonly known as Team Afya, had an impressive performance during the games.

Team Afya won gold medals in chess (women) and rugby; silver medals in netball and chess (men), and bronze medals in hockey, basketball, swimming and athletics.

UoN alumnus awarded Bijvoet Medal in Netherlands

Prof. Vishva Dixit, an alumnus of the University of Nairobi was decorated with the Bijvoet Medal by Bijvoet Centre for Biomolecular Research at Utrecht University in Netherlands.

Prof. Dixit graduated from the University of Nairobi with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1980. He then joined Washington University School of Medicine and served as a resident in the Department of Pathology.

Minimally Invasive Tissue Sampling Technique as an alternative for complete diagnostic autopsy

Scholars conducted a study to determine whether the time-frame between the time of death and when
samples for Minimally Invasive Tissue Sampling (MITS) were collected affects the results gotten.
MITS technique is an alternative for complete diagnostic autopsy. It involves sampling specific tissue-cell samples for determining the cause of death. This method however, must be aided by other data for it to be successful. It is mostly used by low and middle income level countries because of its cost effective nature.

AMSUN hosts inaugural white coat ceremony for freshmen

Becoming a medical student is in itself a big feat. Not only is it the first of many steps towards becoming a doctor, but it is also the beginning of a journey of 6 years that is like no other.
For this reason, the Association of Medical Students at the University of Nairobi (AMSUN), decided to usher in the new crop of medical students in the style and manner that this momentous occasion deserves.
That is with the first ever White Coat ceremony at the university.

UoN marks 67th graduation ceremony

The University of Nairobi held its 67th graduation ceremony on 23rd September, 2022.

 A total of 3553 graduands were conferred with degrees and diplomas and one Honoris Causa.  A total of 85 PhD 595 Masters degrees, 2508 Bachelor degrees, 62 Post Graduate Diplomas and 302 Diplomas were conferred to the well deserving graduands for their accomplishments. 

Bronchiectasis in African children: Challenges and barriers to care

Bronchiectasis (BE) is a disease that affects the bronchial area of the lungs. Its most common symptom
being recurring productive cough in the patient. In Africa in particular, many children are reported to be
suffering from chronic BE Despite the efforts made all around the word to create awareness about it.
Scholars therefore conducted a research on the challenges and barriers to the care for BE child patients
in Africa.
A higher percentage of children below the age of fifteen years diagnosed with BE were found to be HIV

The Honourable Doctors

From doctors to Honorable Members of Parliament, Senator and Deputy Governor. The Faculty of Health Sciences alumni have proved they can propel the health agenda in the country by going for elective posts to represent their constituents in the National Assembly and Senate.

In addition to the surgical skills they studied in medicine at the University of Nairobi, they also picked leadership skills that have enabled them take their careers to the next level.

We take a look at our alumni who were elected in the just concluded general elections.

NUPSA elections 2022

Procedure on how to cast your vote.

1. Login to the eVote system (https://vote.uonbi.ac.ke)
2. Navigate to My Ballots
Note: You are already enrolled in NUPSA Ballot, which you are eligible to vote
3. Click on the red poll icon

4. Select the post you would like to cast a vote (E.g Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasure etc)
5. Select your Preferred candidate
6. Submit your vote by clicking the button “CAST YOUR VOTE”

Predictors of postnatal depression in Nairobi slums

A study was conducted by scholars on predicators of postnatal depression(PND) in slums in Nairobi, area Kenya.

The study was done in two maternal clinics attended by mothers from slum areas-Riruta and Lang’ata maternal and child health clinics. The study included postnatal mothers between the ages of 18 to 40 years a majority being between ages 18 to 24 years with new borns aged between six to ten weeks. The new mothers underwent a test to determine whether or not they suffered from PND and if they did how severe it was.

Geographic transmission of HIV among MSM in Kenya

The prevalence of HIV among men who have sex with men in Kenya has been on the rise. A group of
scholars conducted a study to analyze the transmission patterns of the disease to aid in curbing the HIV
epidemic in Kenya.
Most Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) were found to travel from Coast province to Nairobi and eventually Kisumu.

Selected Biochemical Values of Suitable Blood Donors at Kenyatta National Hospital

It is common that assessing the biochemical values of blood helps in identifying the functional disorders of different body systems and organs such as liver, kidneys and many more. However, in this review, assessing the biochemical values were deemed significant in determining reliable blood donors at Kenyatta National Hospital. The evaluation was gender-based and the findings showed a gender difference of biochemical values in both male and female.

Government sponsored students set for admission at Faculty of Health Sciences

The list of students admitted to pursue different programmes at the University of Nairobi Faculty of Health Sciences for the Academic Year 2022/2023.

The students were placed to study at the University of Nairobi by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS).

1. Bachelor of Dental Surgery

2. Bachelor of Pharmacy

Commissioning of health facilities supported by CRISS+ Project in Kiambu and Kirinyaga Counties

The University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor Prof. Stephen Kiama commissioned health facilities supported by Central Province Response: Integration, Strengthening and Sustainability Project Plus (CRISSP+) project in Kiambu and Kirinyaga Counties.

The Vice Chancellor was accompanied by Prof. Evelyn Waigayu, Ag. Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, and CRISSP+ project Principal Investigator, Dr. Jared Mecha.

Read more details here.

Adolescents living with HIV more likely to be affected by oral diseases

Findings from a study conducted by experts revealed that children and adolescents living with HIV are
more likely to be affected by oral diseases compared to those without the virus.
Children aged between 6 years and 12 years who are mostly transitioning between primary to
permanent teeth were the targeted children in the stud. A higher percentage of them were found to be
suffering from various dental related diseases.
Untreated dental carries, dry mouth and mouth ulcers were most prevalent in the children who were

Mentoring scientific manuscript writing at FHS

"UANDISHI-Building Capacity for Writing Scientific Manuscripts” is an innovative and experiential scientific manuscript writing mentorship and training program that is aimed at building capacity and fostering scientific manuscripts writing skills and publication output at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), University of Nairobi (UoN). The program is hosted by KAVI-Institute of Clinical Research (KAVI-ICR) through a collaborative IAVI grant secured by Dr.

Assessing the Attitude towards Nutrition Management Practices by Adult Stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease Patients

An analysis performed by scholars from the University of Nairobi identified that adults who are patients with stage 5 chronic kidney disease have positive attitude to nutrition management but dismiss the essence of nutrition management exercises such as potassium reduction, the consumption of supplements, comprehending nutrition information, and fluid control despite their education and income status.

Promoting skilled birth deliveries through maternity open days

The University of Nairobi USAID Fahari ya Jamii project in partnership with the Nairobi Metropolitan Services held a maternity open day on July 7, 2022, for the residents of the Ruaraka Sub-County. Many expectant women and the NMS Deputy Director of Health, Dr. Carol Ngunu, graced the festive celebration held at the Baba Dogo health center where they were also set to launch the new maternity wing.

STUDY: Vaginal washing reduces probability of conception

A study conducted by scholars from the University of Nairobi has shown that women who are exposed
to vaginal washing have a lower chance of conceiving naturally compared to those who do not practice
vaginal washing especially around their fertility period of their cycle.
According to the study, women who practice vaginal washing with water only have a higher chance of getting pregnant compared to those who wash with water and soap.

Launch of Integrated New Tools in fighting TB

The fight against Tuberculosis (TB) was stepped up following the launch of new tools to help in the diagnostic and treatment of the disease in Kenya.

The tools which were launched in Mathare North Health Facility aim at curbing the spread of TB in Kenya by introducing modern and efficient tools to test and monitor patients of TB for their full recovery and prevention to those who have been exposed to the disease.

The 5th edition of the AMSUN gazette is out

The AMSUN gazette is a monthly publication by the University of Nairobi School of Medicine that highlights various articles written by medical students under the Association of Medical Students of the University of Nairobi (AMSUN).

You will find research work, medical innovations, exciting personal stories, literary reviews, opinion pieces, sports and fitness articles, poems and a huge variety of other works of art that are guaranteed to leave you fully entertained.

Cervical cancer prevention in Morocco : a model-based cost-effectiveness analysis

Cervical cancer is a preventable disease. Despite this, the annual incidence globally is projected to increase from 570,000 cases currently to 700,000 by 2030, and most of these will be among young under-educated women in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) (1, 2). The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine offers the potential to eliminate cervical cancer if routinely available and used based on recent studies (3). This is especially important in LMICs where the cost of cancer care can be prohibitive including biological medicines (4).

UoN medical students develop a digital solution for better healthcare

Two medical students from the University of Nairobi (UoN) Faculty of Health Sciences are the minds behind a health management information system developed to help healthcare practitioners become highly efficient at delivering quality care.

Victor Ireri, a 6th year medical student and the current Chairman of the Association of Medical Students University of Nairobi and his counterpart Clarence Rugar also a 6th year say EHS Biodata is a one-stop solution for a great clinical journey.

12th AMSUN Scientific Conference

The Association of Medical Students of the University of Nairobi (AMSUN) hosted its 12th Scientific Conference on the 9th and 10th June, 2022.

The event was officiated by Prof. Julius Ogeng’o, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs and the awards and closing ceremony hosted by the Faculty of Health Sciences Dean, Prof. Evelyn Wagaiyu.

AMSUN holds Leave No Medic Behind Initiative Charity Run

The Association of Medical Students University of Nairobi (AMSUN) Leave No Medic Behind Initiative Charity Run was held on Saturday 4th June 2022.

The event which was held at Kenyatta Campus was flagged of by Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, Prof. Julius Ogeng’o.

Launch of Covid-19 Vaccination Accelerated Programme

UoN’s USAID Fahari ya Jamii project took part in the Nairobi accelerated COVID-19 vaccination campaign launch at Kibra Level 3 Hospital on Thursday, 2nd June 2022. The campaign targets to have at least 70% of the population in Nairobi vaccinated in the next six weeks. Currently, 48.9% (1,492,877) of the population in Nairobi is fully vaccinated against a targeted population of 3,052,494 persons.

FSH hosts inaugural brain tumour conference

The inaugural brain tumour conference was held on 20th-21st May, 2022 at the Faculty of Health Sciences(FSH), University of Nairobi(UoN).

The hybrid conference was hosted by the Units of Anatomic Pathology and Neurosurgery and together with the Brain Tumour Association of Kenya (BTAK). The conference theme was; ‘Creating awareness for brain tumour care in Kenya’.

Dr. Opanga scoops top award at Nairobi Innovation Week 2022

Dr. Sylvia Opanga, a senior lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy scooped the top award at Nairobi Innovation Week 2022.

Her health innovation on Diabetic patient diary emerged top in the staff category during the 3-day event held at the University of Nairobi.

According to Dr. Opanga, her innovation was inspired by COVID-19 pandemic.

FHS soars after stellar performance during University awards

The Faculty of Health Sciences (FSH) produced outstanding results during the University of Nairobi 3rd Prize Presentation Ceremony held on 6th May, 2022.

It was all cheers as FHS dominated the prize recipients list for the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 academic years.

The awards ranged from gold medals, cash prizes and trophies from over 100 donors and partners.

FHS scientists dominate Alper-Doger Scientific Index 2022 rankings

Scientists from the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) have dominated the list of best scientists according to the latest Alper-Doger (AD) Scientific Index 2022 rankings.

Among the scientists who appeared in the top 100 list are the late Prof. Elizabeth Ngugi, Prof. Walter Jaoko, Prof. Ruth Nduati, Dr. Manasi Kumar,  Prof. Omu Anzala, and David Ndetei.

Imported SARS-COV-2 Variants of Concern Drove Spread of Infections Across Kenya During the Second Year of the Pandemic

Background.

Using classical and genomic epidemiology, we tracked the COVID-19 pandemic in Kenya over 23 months to determine the impact of SARS-CoV-2 variants on its progression.

Methods.

SARS-CoV-2 surveillance and testing data were obtained from the Kenya Ministry of Health, collected daily from 306 health facilities. COVID-19-associated fatality data were also obtained from these health facilities and communities. Whole SARS-CoV-2 genome sequencing were carried out on 1241 specimens.

Results.

Phylogeographic assessment reveals geographic sources of HIV-1 dissemination among men who have sex with men in Kenya

HIV-1 transmission dynamics involving men who have sex with men (MSM) in Africa are not well understood. We investigated the rates of HIV-1 transmission between MSM across three regions in Kenya: Coast, Nairobi and Nyanza. We analysed 372 HIV-1 partial pol sequences sampled during 2006-2019 from MSM in Coast (N=178, 47.9%), Nairobi (N=137, 36.8%), and Nyanza (N=57, 15.3%) provinces in Kenya. Maximum-Likelihood (ML) phylogenetics and Bayesian inference were used to determine HIV-1 clusters, evolutionary dynamics, and virus migration rates between geographic regions.

FHS shines at PC and staff recognition award ceremony

It was a big day for the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) as it shone brightly at the University of Nairobi (UoN) Performance Contracting and Staff Recognition Awards FY 2020/2021 ceremony.

The event which was held at Taifa Hall on March 23, 2022 was presided over by Vice Chancellor Prof. Stephen Kiama.

Vice Chancellor meets FHS staff

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Stephen Kiama was on a two-day visit to the Faculty of Health Sciences(FHS) to meet and engage members of staff at the faculty.

On Monday 31 January, 2022, the VC visited the Department of Pharmacy and Dental Sciences, while on Tuesday 1st February, 2022, he visited the Department of Medicine and Nursing respectively.  

Prof. Kiama, Governor Lenku hold consultative meeting ahead of launching One Health lab in Oloitoktok

A consultative meeting was held between the Vice Chancellor of the University of Nairobi Prof. Stephen Kiama, Kajiado County Governor H.E. Joseph ole Lenku, his Deputy Hon. Martin Moshisho, and the PI of the HORN Project Prof. Mathew Baylis.

Dr. Omosa pioneers Capacity Building for Scientific Manuscript Writing program at FHS

“UANDISHI-Building Capacity for Writing Scientific Manuscripts” is an innovative and experiential training program in mentoring and scientific manuscript writing, aimed at fostering scientific manuscripts writing skills and output, at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), University of Nairobi (UON). This program complements other existing research training ventures within FHS and is hosted at KAVI-Institute of Clinical Research (KAVI-ICR). IAVI funds UANDISHI through a collaborative grant secured by Dr.

Dr. Mureithi awarded Female Science Talents Intensive Track 2022

Dr. Marianne Mureithi is among the selected 20 women in science globally to receive the Female Science Talents Intensive Track 2022.She is the current Chair of the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology and Senior Research Fellow at KAVI-Institute of Clinical Research at the University of Nairobi.

UoN, Smile Train unveil scholarship programme to train surgeons

The world’s largest cleft-focused organization, Smile Train, has partnered with the leading University in the region, University of Nairobi , through the Department of Surgery to offer full scholarships to medical residents based in Africa to study plastic and reconstructive surgery. The scholarship program will support 20 resident doctors over the next five years in which each resident will receive $19,000 - $22,750 (KES. 2.1- KES. 2.3 million) per year.

UoN alumna lands Chief Pathologist and Laboratory Medical Director post in US

Dr. Asha Sigei an alumna of the University of Nairobi has been appointed as the new Chief Pathologist and Medical Director of the Iredell Memorial Laboratory in the United States of America.

Her appointment was announced in a statement published on Iredell Health System website on 6th January, 2022.

She studied medicine at the University of Nairobi School of Medicine and graduated in 2010.

Dr. Sigei completed a year-long internship in Kenya before moving to the United States for further studies.

UoN celebrates 6,647 graduands during 66th graduation

The University of Nairobi held its 66th graduation ceremony on 17th December, 2021. On this occasion, the University celebrated the hard work of 6,647 graduands, ushering them out into the world to utilize their knowledge, skills and behavior to build the nation and serve their communities.

Speaking during the 66th graduation ceremony, the Chancellor, University of Nairobi, Dr. Vijoo Rattansi, urged the graduating class to always remain determined and hopeful.

A sit-down with 66th UoN graduation valedictorian

Tell us your name and some bit of family and education background.

My name is Dr. Rebecca Adut Dau.  A daughter of  two nations, Kenya and South Sudan.

I studied at Ruaraka Academy and did my KCPE exams in 2010 and scored 416 marks. I later on joined The Kenya High School and sat for KCSE in 2014 where I scored A and joined the University of Nairobi to study Pharmacy.

Commemoration of World Aids Day 2021

The University of Nairobi joined the world in marking World Aids Day 2021 on 1st December, 2021.

The day that is marked internationally highlights the urgency in eliminating the inequalities that drive pandemics around the world. The Global AIDS Strategy (2021-2026) adopted at the 2021 UN High-Level Meeting on AIDS has outlined ending inequalities as key to fighting AIDS. This fight is integral because inequalities have fueled AIDS and other pandemics; these inequalities have been known to inhibit proven solutions to AIDS prevention and treatment.’

UoN receives CDC grant combat antimicrobial resistance and other infectious disease threats

The University of Nairobi is among 28 organizations that have received funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to combat antimicrobial resistance and other healthcare threats through the establishment of the Global Action in Healthcare Network (GAIHN) and the Global Antimicrobial Resistance Laboratory and Response Network (Global AR Lab & Response Network) that cover more than 50 countries worldwide.

Study shows upsurge of vitamins during emergence of COVID-19

There was an increase in utilization of vitamins and immune boosters during the emergence of COVID-19 disease.

This was revealed in a study conducted by a number of scholars, among them Dr. Sylvia Opanga from the Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi.

The study further revealed that no antimalarials or antibiotics were dispensed without a prescription despite the hype and requests.

UoN and KNH succesfully hold International Conference on Health

The University of Nairobi Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) and Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) held the 5th International Conference on Health (ICH 2021) from 27th to 29th October 2021. 

The virtual conference brought together leading healthcare practitioners and intellectual leaders from Kenya and around the world.

Study shows newborns account for 46% of admissions and 66% of deaths in hospitals in Kenya

Background Most of the deaths among neonates in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) can be prevented through universal access to basic high-quality health services including essential facility-based inpatient care. However, poor routine data undermines data-informed efforts to monitor and promote improvements in the quality of newborn care across hospitals.

Defence Forces Medical Training School benchmarks at FHS

Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) Dean Prof. James Machoki hosted a team of officers from the Defence Forces Medical Training School who were on a benchmarking tour at the Faculty.

The Defence Forces Medical Training School is a medical training facility in the Kenya Defence Forces and is in the process of transitioning into a College of Health Sciences, a constituent College of the National Defence University- Kenya (NDU-K).

UoN medical experts spearhead development of guidelines on case management of COVID-19 in Kenya

Medical experts from the University of Nairobi (UoN) Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) spearheaded the development of guidelines on case management of COVID-19 in Kenya released by the Ministry of Health (MoH).

The team of experts that developed the guidelines was led by Dr. Loice Ombajo, senior lecturer at the University of Nairobi and Head of Infectious Disease Unit at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).

College welcomes first year students for 2021/2022

The University of Nairobi (UoN) Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) welcomed first year students to pursue various medical courses at the Faculty for the academic year 2021/2022.

The students physically reported from Monday 20th to 22nd September, 2021 and went through the admission process that included biometric registration, verification of documents and grouping.

Prof. Were conferred with Doctor of Science degree

Professor Fredrick Were was conferred with a degree of Doctor of Science (in paediatrics) of the University of Nairobi (UoN) during the 65th virtual graduation ceremony held on 24th September, 2021.

Prof. Were’s citation was read by UoN Vice Chancellor, Prof. Stephen Kiama before being awarded the DSC by UoN Chancellor Dr. Vijoo Rattansi.

NOTICE: First year students' online registration

The University of Nairobi will commence a new academic year on Monday, September 20, 2021.  Applicants who received a formal letter of offer to join the University this academic year 2021/2022 are required to complete the registration process online.

Registration is the process by which you formally enroll at the University. The online registration window for all new students will open from Monday, September 13, 2021. All applicants are required to register during this period.

List of government sponsored students set for admission at Faculty of Health Sciences

Below are the lists of students admitted to pursue different programmes at the University of Nairobi Faculty of Health Sciences for the Academic Year 2021/2022.

The students were placed to study at the University of Nairobi by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS).

1. Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery 

Over 10 KCSE top performers to study medicine at UoN

More than 10 top performers in 2020 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) will join the University of Nairobi (UoN) Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) to study medicine.

Simiyu Robin Wanjala who topped in the national exams had wished to study medicine at UoN. His dream has come true after the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) placed him to study Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at UoN.

UoN, HSFC KE sign pact to enhance training, clinical care and research in human reproduction

The University of Nairobi (UoN) College of Health Sciences (CHS) has signed a collaborative training and research agreement with Harley Street Fertility Centre Kenya Limited (HSFC KE).

The agreement will see the two organizations carry out training, clinical care, and research in human reproduction with emphasis on advanced assisted reproductive techniques at CHS, HSFC KE and affiliated fertility and andrology clinics.

CALL FOR ENTRIES

Are you a young Kenyan interested in telling your community’s stories through photography?

The UNFPA Kenya Kenya Country Office has launched a photo competition to raise awareness on the progress made and challenges that remain in Kenya’s march towards the 3 ZEROES namely: 

Zero preventable maternal deaths

Zero unmet need for family planning

UoN scientists join their African counterparts to find vaccines and medicine in the continent

Research scientists from the University of Nairobi have teamed up with their colleagues from other African countries to form the Sisulu Foundation for African and Pandemic Disease Response (The Sisulu Foundation).

College embarks on drive to plant 500 trees

College of Health Sciences (CHS) Principal, Prof. James Machoki led staff and students in a drive to plant 500 trees at Kenyatta Campus on 18th May, 2021.

The tree planting exercise was carried out simultaneously in seven sites at the University of Nairobi (UoN).

Covid-19 Vaccine Acceptability among Healthcare Workers in Kenya

Safety concerns, need for more information, fear of side effects, lack of trust in the government or the vaccine, short duration that vaccine development has taken and concerns on efficacy are the attributes to COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among healthcare workers in Kenya.

According to an online survey conducted by researchers from the University of Nairobi, College of Health Sciences, there is need for deeper engagement through health facility platforms and professional associations to address specific fears and questions on the vaccine by the healthcare workers.

Towards a coordinated strategy for intercepting human disease emergence in Africa

Emerging zoonotic viruses are one of the greatest threats to human health and security, as evidenced by the increasing frequency of disease outbreaks.

To date, the main pre-emptive response to these outbreaks has been extensive, cost-heavy efforts to document virus diversity in wildlife (eg, PREDICT and the Global Virome Projects).

UoN rolls out COVID-19 vaccination

The University Health Services has now been registered as a COVID-19 Vaccination Centre by the Ministry of Health and the Nairobi County Government, through the Nairobi Metropolitan Services.

The Vaccination will commence on Thursday April 8, 2021 at 8.30AM outside of the Main Students Clinic. It should be noted that the University Vaccination Centre will be required to observe Government prioritization guidelines and to comply with COVID-19 health protocols. In this regard, the following categories of the priority target groups will be eligible:

Call for papers: UoN/KNH 5th International Conference on Health

The University of Nairobi College of Health Sciences (CHS) and Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) will host the 5th International Conference on Health (ICH 2021). 

The conference will bring together leading healthcare practitioners and intellectual leaders from Kenya and around the world.

Prof. Jaoko debunks COVID-19 vaccine myths

There are high hopes COVID-19 vaccines will help end the pandemic. However, there have been claims about these vaccines that have received mixed reactions from all quarters some advocating for the vaccines and others heavily criticizing the vaccines based on the manner in which the vaccines were hurriedly developed and approved raising safety and effectiveness concerns.

College receives assorted medical equipment donation from Republic of Hungary and Slovenia

The University of Nairobi (UoN) College of Health Sciences (CHS) is among three public health institutions that has benefited from a donation of medical equipment from the Republic of Hungary and the Republic of Slovenia.

The assorted medical equipment worth Kshs. 20M  was officially handed over to CHS in a ceremony that was held on 12th February, 2021. 

UoN Vice Chancellor Prof. Stephen Kiama was represented at the event by Prof. Julius Ogengó, Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs.

UoN prides in training high calibre health professionals as it marks golden jubilee

The University of Nairobi (UoN) prides in taking a leading role in training of qualified healthcare professionals as it celebrates its golden jubilee this year.

The celebrations to mark UoN’s 50 years of existence since its inception in 1970 were led by the Chancellor, Dr. Vijoo Rattansi on 10th December, 2020.

Tunisia Health Alliance and Kenya Healthcare Federation collaboration with CHS

The University of Nairobi (UoN) College of Health Sciences (CHS) on Monday 14th December, 2020 hosted a delegation from Tunisia Health Alliance and Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF).  The delegation was received by CHS Principal, Prof. James Machoki M’Imunya and Dr. Peter Arimi, Technical Lead, Operations, Strategic Partnerships and Linkages, Center for Research, Innovation and Grants Advancement (CERIGA) 

5709 graduate as UoN holds 2nd virtual graduation ceremony

The University of Nairobi (UoN) Chancellor Dr. Vijoo Rattansi conferred degrees and awarded diplomas to 5,709 graduands during the 64th UoN graduation ceremony held on 11th December, 2020.

This was the second graduation ceremony the University successfully held virtually in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

During the ceremony, the University awarded honorary degrees to Prof. Julia Ojiambo and Prof. Micere Mugo.

CHS receives medical equipment donation from Hungary and Slovenia

The University of Nairobi (UoN) College of Health Sciences (CHS) is among three public health institutions that will receive a donation of medical equipment from the Republic of Hungary and the Republic of Slovenia. The other institutions are Spinal Injury Hospital and Kericho Teaching and Referral Hospital.

The donation of the assorted medical equipment to CHS is an initiative by Dr. Elly Nyaim (acting Chairman Department of Surgery) and Dr. Julius Kiboi (acting Dean School of Medicine).

CHS gets PPEs donation from Equity Group and Kenya COVID-19 board fund

The University of Nairobi (UoN) was among 11 universities that received a donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) courtesy of Equity Group Foundation and the Kenya COVID-19 Fund Board.

USAID comes to the aid of final year medical students

The University of Nairobi (UoN) School of Medicine received Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) support worth 12 million Kenya shillings from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The PPEs were handed over to UoN Vice Chancellor, Prof. Stephen Kiama by Mark Meassick, the Mission Director of USAID Kenya and East Africa on 16th September, 2020.

CHS welcomes new students virtually

The College of Health Sciences (CHS) formally welcomed freshmen for 2020/2021 academic year during the first virtual orientation on 2nd September, 2020.

During the orientation, the students were addressed by the college Principal, Prof. James Machoki and Deputy Principal, Prof. Evelyn Wagaiyu.

College of Health Sciences (CHS) First Years Orientation Video

Video Links are here to increase your engagement with the college of Health Sciences and the University at large. There are many wonderful university of Nairobi YouTube videos online expressing Research, Welcome messages, Communication from management, Media talks, conferences among others.

Link to the College of Health Sciences (CHS) First Years Orientation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gm9BIyz4GjU

First Years' Online Registration, Orientation, and Learning 2020

The Academic Year 2020/2021 will commence on Monday 31 August 2020 and the first thing you need is your letter of Admission.  If you do not have your letter of admission, please write an email to admissions@uonbi.ac.ke with details of your name, programme to which you have been admitted to and KCSE Index Number..

Orientation, registration, classes and examination will all be exclusively be conducted online via various virtual platforms.

Notice to incoming first year students 2021

RE: ADMISSION AND ORIENTATION OF FIRST YEARS - 2021

The 225th University Senate held on Wednesday 4th August 2021 considered and approved the Revised Semester Schedules for the 2021/2022 Academic Year.
Please note the following important dates and activities:

Monday 13th September 2021
Early Online registration of First Years begins

 Monday 20th September 2021
Physical reporting to the University for all Module I First Years

SWA to organize for the accommodation of the students

Study reveals increase in use of antibiotics in Africa and Asia due to COVID-19

A study has shown an increase in the use of antibiotics and antimalarials in Africa and Asia due to corona virus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The study was conducted by Dr. Sylvia Opanga, a senior lecturer at the School of Pharmacy, University of Nairobi together with other scholars in Africa and Asia.

Dr. Opanga presented the study with its findings during the UoN-CHS COVID-19 Research Forum held on Tuesday 4th August, 2020.

CHS COVID-19 Response and Research Committee holds its third virtual research forum

The College of Health Sciences (CHS) COVID-19 Response and Research Committee continues to hold virtual research forums to discuss research being conducted at CHS towards COVID-19 response.

The 3rd forum was held on 21st July, 2020 where Prof. Peter Mungai, from the School of Medicine was the presenter.

CHS COVID-19 Response and Research Committee holds its second virtual research forum

The College of Health Sciences (CHS) COVID-19 Response and Research Committee held its second virtual research forum on 14th July, 2020, a week after holding the inaugural session on 7th July, 2020.

The presentation and discussion during the 2nd session revolved around offering psychological support to frontline healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CHS COVID-19 pandemic response and research committee holds inaugural research forum

The College of Health Sciences (CHS) COVID-19 Response and Research Committee held inaugural virtual research forum on 7th July, 2020.

The main objective of holding the session was to discuss research being conducted at CHS towards COVID-19 response.

There are several exciting research projects lined up for presentation during the sessions that will be held every Tuesday from 9am to 10am.

Dr. Ombajo: Reopening will be associated with rise in COVID-19 cases

Catch up with Dr. Loice Ombajo, a senior lecturer at the University of Nairobi and Head of Infectious Disease Unit at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) interview on Citizen Television.

Dr. Ombajo has been on the frontline of case management at KNH since Kenya reported the first coronavirus (COVID-19) case in March 2020.

Dental School receives personal protective kits as it embarks on gradual reopening

The University of Nairobi (UoN) School of Dental Sciences (SDS) received a donation of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic containment items on 23rd June, 2020.

The University Health Services (UHS) also benefited from the donation as it continues to offer services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prof. Wagaiyu appointed CHS Deputy Principal

The College of Health Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of Prof. Evelyn Wagaiyu as the Deputy Principal.

Prof. Wagaiyu’s appointment was made by the University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor Prof. Stephen Kiama following the approval by the Council.

Prof. Wagaiyu, a specialist periodontologist once served as the Dean School of Dental Sciences.

PENDA PhD Scholarship

The PENDA Consortium is pleased to launch a full-time studentship for one researcher with disabilities to conduct research to improve the evidence surrounding Disability Inclusive Development.

The Consortium is committed to building the capacity of researchers with disabilities from LMICs, and so is launching an exciting new PhD Programme - a partnership between LSHTM and University of Nairobi.

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining

The novel corona virus pandemic is behaving like a big river whose flow can be slowed for some time by building dams. Building dams holds back the water but if heavy rains continue even the dam is unable to hold all the water and the excess either spills over causing damage or it is released in a controlled manner. This appears to have been the underlying principle when the Covid-19 pandemic public health campaigns were designed in the United Kingdom (UK).

Online Webinar on COVID-19: From Science to the Dental Clinic

 Online Webinar on COVID-19: From Science to the Dental Clinic

COVID-19: FROM SCIENCE TO THE DENTAL CLINIC Speaker: Dr. Hudson Alumera BDS, MDS (Periodontology) Specialist Periodontist & Implant Surgeon, School of Dental Sciences; University of Nairobi. Moderator: Dr. A. Wetende Lecturer and Specialist Periodontontist, School of Dental Sciences, University of Nairobi.

Avoiding handshake is an integral part of good hand hygiene

The spread of covid-19 will soon be under control all over the world and economies will open up fully for social and business interactions. It has been predicted by World Health Organization (WHO) that the disease will become endemic which means that Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) measures must become a continuous process to prevent recurrence or outbreaks.

COVID-19: CHS Principal receives 200 face shields donation from OTPAK

The Operating Theatre Practitioners Association of Kenya (OTPAK) donated 200 face shields to the University of Nairobi (UoN) College of Health Sciences Principal, Prof. James Machoki.

The face shields were handed over to Prof. Machoki on 12th May, 2020 by OTPAK Chairman Prof. Pankaj Jani, who is also a lecturer in the Department of Surgery, School of Medicine. UoN.

Online etiquette for meetings in the wake of COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in more business transactions, classes, lectures and different types of meetings being conducted via online platforms. Some people are still on the learning curve with regard to use of these relatively new channel as well as how to conduct themselves when participating in whichever way. Online etiquette or netiquette is the set of rules that is recommended for online communication.

Opinion: UoN embraces covid-19 pandemic new online initiatives

The covid-19 pandemic which has ravaged the world in 2020 will be remembered for having caused many unfortunate deaths around the world. In days to come, it will also be remembered for other bad things as well as some good effects in social life and in industries such as education.

Prof. Machoki: Invest more in universities' research in COVID-19 fight

The University of Nairobi (UoN) College of Health Sciences (CHS) Principal Professor James Machoki has called for increased investment to strengthen the research infrastructure and capacity of Kenyan universities in the wake of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

According to Prof. Machoki, there is need to carry out Covid-19-related research that covers scientific, medical, economic, behavioural and communication areas.

UoN CRISS+ Project supporting fight against HIV

The University of Nairobi, Central Kenya Response - Integration, Strengthening and Sustainability plus Project (CRISS+ Project) is a 5 year (2017-2022) PEPFAR-funded HIV prevention, care & treatment project in partnership with Kiambu and Kirinyaga County health departments, Kiambu People Living with HIV/AIDS (KIPEWA) and the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).

COVID-19 global survey

We are currently in the midst of a global pandemic associated with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The key to halting the rapid spread of the COVID-19 and ‘flattening the infection curve’ is public adherence to drastic and rapidly evolving public health prevention measures that are now being widely implemented around the world.

VIDEO: Online learning taking shape during COVID-19 pandemic

The outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic disrupted so many functions and operations across all sectors in all countries in the world.

Following the announcement of the first COVID-19 case in Kenya, the government directed all learning institutions to be shut down as one of the measures to stop the spread of the disease.

COVID-19: Quality and safety of hand sanitizers considerations

Hand sanitizers are one of the key tools being utilized to control the spread of the novel SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus).  The principle component and active ingredient of hand sanitizers that are recommended for coronaviruses is alcohol at a concentration of at least 60% (v/v).  The two formulations developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) are based on either ethanol or isopropyl alcohol.   The WHO formulas also include hydrogen peroxide and glycerin as a humectant.  Commercial hand sanitizers may contain other additives such as polymeric thickeners (e.g., Carbomer), f

VIDEO: UoN staff rally up in fight against COVID-19

The University greatly appreciates the efforts by staff and students from the College of Health Sciences for their continued dedicated service to help end the COVID-19 pandemic.
Their efforts can not go unnoticed following the Ministry of Health announcement about the recovery of two patients who had contracted the disease. 
The two, Ivy Brenda  Cherotich and Brian Orinda had been quarantined for 23 days at Mbagathi Hospital.

Hand sanitisers: Government manufacturing will be useful for rapid short-term mass production and distribution

With the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, commonly referred to as the coronavirus, hand sanitisers have gone from being niche products to one of the most widely discussed means by which to control the spread of the virus.

Although soap and water are the gold standards for handwashing to reduce the risk of contracting or transmitting coronaviruses, hand sanitisers provide an alternative when the former are not available or unsuitable.

General information about COVID-19

Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID19) is a new respiratory illness that can easily be spread from person to person.
COVID-19 is spread through contact with droplets produced by a person who is sneezing or coughing or contaminated surfaces or objects.
COVID-19 can cause severe symptoms like fever, cough, headache, body aches and difficulty in breathing.
COVID-19 is preventable through;

Washing your hands with soap and running water or using an alcohol based hand sanitizer,

Maintain social distancing and keep COViD-19 at bay

There is need for Kenyans to adjust how they live or work to ensure social distancing is maintained in the wake of coronavirus disease (COViD-19) outbreak.
Already Kenya has 28 confirmed cases of COViD-19 as of 25th March, 2020. When the first confirmed COViD-19 case was reported in Kenya, the the government announced measures to fight the disease and the measures have been continously been reviewed to help stop the spread of the disease.

Coronavirus: UoN researchers join global search for vaccine

Researchers from the University of Nairobi (UoN) have joined the world in search for a coronavirus (covid-19) vaccine as countries grapple with the pandemic.

The disease has so far killed more than 14,500 people globally with 340,066 confirmed cases in 192 countries and territories.

Survey for corona virus awareness among students and staff at UoN

In light of the H.E. President decree on COVID-19 , UoN has taken certain steps in response.

This survey aims to assess the university community's knowledge and practice around COVID 19 to develop further strategies to contain the pandemic.

Click here to take part in the survey.

UoN hosts forum to enlighten the masses on coronavirus

A team of experts from the University of Nairobi held a public forum to enlighten the masses on the deadly coronavirus that has killed 4,900 and infected 132,000 people globally.

The experts drawn from different fields reiterated the need for personal hygiene to stay protected from the new coronavirus that was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The coronavirus vaccine, how soon will it be developed?

Scientists are working around the clock to develop a vaccine for the new coronavirus that has spread to almost all continents across the world and killed more than 4,000 people.

Dr. Marianne Mureithi, a lead research scientist at KAVI-ICR, projects a period of 12 to 18 months for scientists to develop a vaccine for the virus.

RESEARCH: Stopping HIV from where it starts

Funding and effort has gone into understanding the body’s immune response to HIV, with scientific investigations of the blood. Now a team of UoN researchers KAVI-Institute of Clinical Research (KAVI-ICR) at the University of Nairobi has been awarded two research grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Swedish Research Foundation to investigate the body’s defense but this time studying the mucosal tissues of sexual organs.

Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kiama’s maiden trip to CHS

University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor Prof. Stephen Kiama visited the College of Health Sciences on 2nd March, 2020.

The VC was welcomed by the College Principal Prof. James Machoki.

H e met staff from the School of Public Health thereafter toured the library to see the progress of renovations being done before heading to inspect the new building that will house the School of Pharmacy.

Cochlear implant coming soon courtesy of UoN and KNH

Cochlear implant surgeries will soon be offered by Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeons from the University of Nairobi and Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).

The good news was revealed by KNH CEO Dr. Evanson Kamuri during the event that was held to mark World Hearing Day at the College of Health Sciences on 3rd March, 2020.

VIDEO: Corona virus demystified by UoN experts

Prof. Omu Anzala and Dr. Moses Masika both from KAVI Institute of Clinical Research (KAVI-ICR) have outlined helpful measures that can be undertaken to reduce the risk of corona virus outbreak in Kenya.

According to Prof. Anzala there is no vaccine for the virus that has so far killed more than 3000 people globally.

“There is no vaccine for corona virus, the nearest we are drug development,” Prof. Anzala says.

Survey details what happens at adolescent and young adult HIV clinics in Kenya

Tailored services for adolescents and young adults (AYA) living with HIV may improve treatment outcomes.

Although HIV programmes have implemented varied approaches to enhance AYA services that could be leveraged to support transition to adult services, there is need to conduct research on the impact of these services on health outcomes.

Expert: Kenya should be on high alert over corona virus

Kenya should go on high alert over the outbreak of corona virus that has so far killed more than 2,600 people globally.

Prof. Omu Anzala from KAVI-Institute of Clinical Research KAVI-ICR University of Nairobi says the spillover of the virus that emanated from Wuhan, China could emerge from anywhere.

Shadow in Perpetuity; New book on dreadful cancer disease

Cancer has in recent times acquired an eerie omnipresence in the minds of our countrymen as they see all kinds of personalities, big and small go down with the disease.

The mood in our country today is governed by the fear of cancer through rumours peddled by people who most of the time lack the right information and know-how that can guide the fidgety population about what is actually going on.

CHS holds funeral service for world-renowned HIV researcher Prof. Plummer

The University of Nairobi (UoN) College of Health Sciences (CHS) played host to the funeral service for Prof. Francis Plummer, a renowned HIV researcher from Canada.

Prof. Plummer died on 4th February, 2020 in Nairobi. He was visiting Kenya to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the University of Manitoba and University of Nairobi research collaboration he helped to establish.

UoN staff and students mentor Mang'u High School students during Career Fair 2020

The University of Nairobi (UoN) College of Health Sciences (CHS) was among the institutions of higher learning that were invited to showcase their products to the students of Mang’u High School during the school’s Career Fair 2020.

Most of the students expressed interests in joining UoN, which is Kenya’s premier institution of learning to achieve their career dreams.

UoN aims at increasing its visibility on the world wide web

After the completion of revamping its system of websites, the University of Nairobi (UoN) has now embarked on generating and uploading quality content aimed at increasing its visibility on the web.

Speaking when he met the website team on 6th December, 2019, UoN acting Vice Chancellor Prof. Isaac Mbeche urged the team to work together with the aim of increasing the university’s visibility on the web.

Rising cases of NCDs worry medics

Medics and other stakeholders in the health sector are a worried lot as a result of rising cases of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

The NCDs disease burden is on the rise not only in Kenya but across the globe.