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UoN Health IT project is implementing a USD 4.1 million USAID grant

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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is working closely with the University of Nairobi, School of Computing and Informatics (SCI) after the award of a USD 4.1 Million grant for providing technical support to the Ministry of Health on health information systems, capacity building and research to inform health information systems interoperability and use.

The award was made on September 26, 2016.

This was revealed on July, 28, 2017 when a team from the School, led by the Principal, College of Biological and Physical Sciences, Prof. Bernard Aduda and the Director, SCI, Dr. Agnes Wausi paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi to update him on the progress of the project.

The project leader, Prof. Peter Waiganjo observed that the University was working closely with USAID and Ministry of Health to implement this health informatics project, whose main objective is to support and enhance evidence based decision making through the use of health data at all health levels and by all stakeholders.

“USAID is keen on working with local institutions to assure of sustainability of development projects. It is a great opportunity for the University of Nairobi to contribute further to this sector,” said Prof. Waiganjo.

This health informatics project has since incorporated the local county governments and local universities such as Maseno University and Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology with the University of Nairobi being the focal partner. Plans are also underway to establish an online learning platform for health workers. The project will continue working towards enabling significant advances towards data-driven decision making in the healthcare sector.

On his part, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi congratulated the team for securing strategic partners like USAID and the Ministry of Health; for laying the foundation for data-driven decision making; for building local capacity and incorporating research in the project.  Prof. Mbithi urged them to carry out impactful research that will influence the lives of people. He challenged the team to develop and mentor young researchers.

The Health IT project falls under the University Enterprise Services Limited (UNES), headed by Mr. John Kenduiwo, the Managing Director, who also accompanied the team. UNES is a key player in supporting University development and research endeavors.

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