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UoN joins world in fight against malaria


This year, the University of Nairobi (UoN) marked the World Malaria Day in Siaya County, Boro Division. During the drive, over 1,000 people including women and children were tested for Malaria in Siaya District Hospital.

In preparation for the World Malaria Day, the School of Medicine, Department of Medical Physiology, in partnership with the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation and the Global Fund Malaria Round 10 officials from Geneva, mobilized and trained local Community Health Workers.

According to Dr. Triza Mwendwa, the principal investigator implementing Global Fund Malaria Round 10 programme in Siaya County, out of the 10 tested for malaria were positive meaning the malaria positivity was high and a lot of intervention was needed so as to eradicate the menace.

The programme aims to contribute to the 2017 national goal of reducing the morbidity and mortality attributable to malaria in the various epidemiology zones by two thirds of the 2007-2008 levels.

Tokyo Foundation visit Varsity


Prof. Peter Mbithi, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance and Mr. Takashi Suzuki, Director, SYLFF Programme during the meeting.

The University of Nairobi (UoN) was once again privileged to host a team from Tokyo Foundation which administers the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF Programme). Since the establishment of the Programme in the University in 1989, SYLFF has presented fellowships to nearly 150 outstanding postgraduate students drawn for the social sciences and humanities.

IAGAS Director and colleagues’ paper on health ranked top


Prof. Isaac Nyamongo, Director, IAGAS.

Prof. Isaac Nyamongo, Director, Institute of Anthropology, Gender and African Studies (IAGAS) and four other colleagues have jointly published a paper that was recently ranked among the 10 best resources on mixed methods research.

The paper by Njeru MK, Blystad A, Shayo EH, Nyamongo IK, and Fylkesnes K “Practicing provider-initiated HIV testing in high prevalence settings: consent concerns and missed preventive opportunities” was published in 2011.

The best resources were selected based on their importance to mixed methods research field (based on number of citations), comprehensiveness of the content provided by the authors, usefulness to readers and relevance to public health and health systems in resource-constrained countries.

An increasing number of researchers are turning to mixed methods research in order to research complex issues such as found in the area of health. Although qualitative research and quantitative research approaches are most widely used, mixed methods research provide an alternative methodological approach to conducting research. Mixed methods research is particularly useful in low- and middle-income country (LMIC) settings, where understanding social, economic and cultural contexts are critical in assessing health systems performance.

Invitation to a public debate: Wajibu Wetu: Universities for a Sustainable Culture of Peace

The University of Nairobi in collaboration with the United States International University (USIU) invites you to a Public Debate to be held on Monday, April 29, 2013 at the Main Campus, Multipurpose Hall, (8-4-4), commencing at 2.30 p.m.

The theme of the debate is “Governance and a Sustainable Culture of Peace”.

The debate is organized as part of the Wajibu Wetu Project, an initiative bringing together public and private universities to contribute towards the creation of a Sustainable Culture of Peace. It is expected to look back at the way Kenyans voted peacefully and come up with messages on how this experience can be sustained.

The keynote presentation will be delivered by Prof. Goran Hyden, a distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science who has done much work in East Africa.

Your presence at the event will be highly appreciated.

Two UoN women scientists awarded


(Left) Dr. Virginia Wang'ondu and Ms. Catherine Kitonde

Dr. Virginia Wang'ondu and Ms. Catherine Kitonde from School of Biological Sciences, University of Nairobi (UoN) are among 70 women scientists from 11 African countries chosen for the prestigious fellowship African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) 2013.

The two outstanding women scientists who were selected from among an impressive cadre of 1,094 applicants will benefit from AWARD’s two-year career-development program that is focused on building their science and leadership skills. The fellowships are granted on the basis of each scientist’s intellectual merit, leadership capacity and the potential of her work to improve the livelihoods of African smallholder farmers, most of whom are women.


UoN signs memoranda with Yonsei University, Korea and Shiga University Of Medical Science, Japan


The University of Nairobi has entered new partnerships with Yonsei University, Korea and Shiga University of Medical Science, Japan.  

These partnerships include but are not limited to joint research activities and exchange of faculty, students, and research fellows among other mutually beneficial activities. 

Students urged to keep off drugs

The University of Nairobi Anti-Drugs and Substance Abuse Campaign (UNADSAC) recently held a stimulus event that challenged participants to keep off drugs. Themed ‘The battlefield is in your mind,’ the event saw Mr. Kiragu Ndero, a senior lecturer and counselling psychologist at the Department of Psychology, University of Nairobi give the main address.

Mr. Ndero gave a passionate, informative teaching on matters relating to drugs. These included definition and types of addiction such as drug, sex/people, food, medicine, work, money and religion.

School of Education wins funding to offer early education courses


The School of Education has won a grant of USD 300,000 from USAID to launch Early Grade Reading Instruction Curriculum (EGRIC). The School through the Department of Educational Communication and Technology (COMTECH), was among the 32 finalists selected out of 450 proposals submitted to USAID.

COMTECH which is implementing EGRIC, will develop the capacity of 240 Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education (B.Ed, ECE) and pre-service teachers to teach reading in the primary grades (Pre-school to Standard 3) using high quality, culturally relevant, multi-genre and age-appropriate materials in English and Kiswahili. 

UNADSAC Stimulus Event 2013


The Battle Field is in Your Mind!


Marketing research course to benefit from links with GfK

(Right) Prof. Lucy Irungu, DVC, Research Production and Extension and Ms. Phyliss Macfarlane, GfK, during the meeting.

The University of Nairobi (UoN) has entered into a strategic partnership with GfK, a German research company, to establish relations in the area of developing and establishing an M.Sc. Programme in marketing research. The course which was approved last year by the Senate is being offered at the School of Business has admitted its second group of students.

Through the partnership, the two institutions conduct research, share knowledge and work on publications in the area of market research. The two have joint teaching arrangements for the postgraduate programme, conduct joint supervision of the projects, as well as student and faculty exchange agreement.