Friday, July 29, 2022

It was a momentous occasion for the University of Nairobi as the Vice Chancellor Prof. Stephen Kiama commissioned the state of the Art Centre for Healthcare and Innovation located in Westlands, Nairobi County.

The centre houses projects that have had a great impact on the health sector in the country, namely Fahari ya Jamii, a USAID funded-project aims at increasing equitable access and use of quality county-led health services in Nairobi and Kajiado Counties. It also houses Central Province Response: Integration, Strengthening and Sustainability Project Plus (CRISSP+) project. CRISSP+ aims at building the capacity of the public health response in Kirinyaga and Kiambu counties to achieve and maintain universal access to high quality HIV prevention, care and treatment services, with particular focus on county government and community ownership, integration within broader health and developmental context, through an evidence based, cost-effective and sustainable model of care.

Speaking during the ceremony, Prof. Kiama lauded the University's efforts for being a one-stop hub for research and innovation in Kenya and Africa.

“The University of Nairobi is one of the universities selected by donors to accelerate research on health and innovation” Said Prof. Kiama

Prof. Kiama also congratulated the team led by Dr. Jared Mecha and Prof. C.F. Otieno for launching the 'Centre for Healthcare and Innovation' saying it will foster the much-needed health innovations.

''I am pleased to note that the University of Nairobi, in collaboration with various donors, has continued to show that it is possible to improve the current health systems and treat our patients with dignity.

I wish to sincerely thank our donors for the financial support towards research and strengthening health systems across the facilities we support,'' Prof. Kiama said.

CRISSP+ Project Principal Investigator, Dr.  Mecha said the launch of the center was a great milestone not only for UoN but for the entire healthcare center in the country.

Written by: Faith Musau & Dennis Omido