ANNUAL REPORT 2011/2012

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UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI

COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

 

ANNUAL REPORT 2011/2012

 

1.0   INTRODUCTION

The School of Public Health was established in September 2010 following the approval by Senate and appointment of Director and subsequent appointment of Thematic Heads in October 2010. It was officially launched on 22nd February 2011 by the Vice Chancellor, UoN. Forerunner of the School is was the Department of Community Health which was established in 1967 alongside Faculty of Medicine.

 

 

 

Mission

To provide quality public health education and training, research and service delivery that embodies the aspirations of the Kenya people and global community through creation, preservation, integration, transmission and utilization of public health knowledge.

 

Overall objectives

 

To develop a world class institution that facilitates the realization of the vision to strengthen public health training, research capacity and provision of services to the local and international communities.

 

Specific objectives

  • Facilitate training of trans-disciplinary experts capable of meeting the emerging challenges in the field of public health in developing countries as well as promotion of health.
  • Facilitate cross disciplinary research by experts from diverse backgrounds, thus creating an environment that appreciates strength and unity in diversity.
  • Provide multidisciplinary services and consultancies to communities at local and international levels
  • Be the public health institution of choice for training and research to undergraduate, graduate health care providers and other health and social science students of the University of Nairobi and beyond.
  • Provide the forum for interrogating important current and emerging issues on national, regional and international public health panorama.

 

2.0   PROGRAMMES OFFERED

Staff specializations

  • Public Health Clinical sciences
  • Behavioral sciences
  • Public health nutrition
  • Health economics and policy development
  • Health systems management
  • Environmental and occupational health,
  • Demography and population studies,
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Health promotion

 

STRUCTURES AND DISCIPLINES

 

THEMATIC AREAS

  1. Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  2. Health Care System and Policy Development
  3. Disease Prevention, Control & Health Promotion
  4. Community Health Sciences

 

 

Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Health Care System & Policy Development

Disease Prevention, Control & Health Promotion

Community Health Sciences

Disciplines/Courses

Disciplines/Courses

Disciplines/Courses

Disciplines/Courses

  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics & Computing
  • Population Sciences
  • Research Methods and Methodology
  • Health Planning and Policy Development
  • Health Services Administration & Evaluation
  • Primary Health Care
  • Health Economics
  • International Health
  • Communicable & Non Communicable Disease  Prevention & Control
  • Family Health
  • Nutrition
  • Environmental  Health
  • Occupational & Industrial Health and Safety
  • Social Sciences & Health
  • Health Promotion &Communication
  • Gender and Health
  • Disaster Management

 

Proposed centers of excellence, Include but not be limited to:

  • Programmes, research and services in specialized areas
  • Highlight academic pursuit
  • Centre for Emerging and Re-emerging Diseases
  • Centre for Gender and Health
  • Centre for Disaster Preparedness and Management
  • Centre for Health Systems Analysis and Quality Assurance
  • Centre for Health and Behavior
  • Centre for Reproductive Health Studies
  • Centre for Applied Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance

 

Courses offered

  1. Community Health Year 2 and 4 service course for  MBChB programme
  2. Master of Public Health (MPH)
  3. Master of Science in Health Systems Management (MScHSM)

Courses Under development:

  1. Diploma in Applied Epidemiology and Surveillance
  2. Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSc.PH)
  3. MPH Global Health Diplomacy

 

3.0 ENROLLED STUDENTS

 

 

 

Course

Year

No. of Students

1

Masters in Public Health

1

20

2

‘’

2

20

3

‘’

3

33

 

4.0 INTERNATIONAL STUDENT COMPONENT

 

 

Full Names

And Email

Reg. No.

Gender

Passport No.

Country

of Origin

Prog.

Yr

Woinshet T. Tesfaw

woinshettegegue@yahoo.com

H/57/79577/12

F

EP0730050

Ethiopia

MPH

1

Florence Ossa Lagu

flolagu@yahoo.com

H57/69991/11

F

C0056208

South Sudan

MPH

1

Ugo-Ukereke Ijeoma Delphine

chimanwosusnr@yahoo.com

H/57/80733/12

F

A03677815

Nigeria

MPH

1

Beatrice A. Madeghe

H57/80097/12

F

AB095430

Tanzania

MPH

1

Enoka Linda Levi

Limule2001@yahoo.com

H57/76248/09

F

B0995931

Sudan

MPH

1

Bohela Amasidze

amasidzebohela@yahoo.com

H57/79019/09

F

AB171151

Tanzania

MPH

1

 

5.0  RESEARCH ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN

 

RESEARCH/SUPERVISION

 

  1. Dismas Ongore supervising  the following students
  1. Moses Shibona Wamadiwa, Factors Associated with Irrational Use of Anti-Malarial in Nairobi Eastlands (Second phase of MPH dissertation proposal development, January 2012).
  2. Kiningu Daniel Katambo: Factors Associated with the use of evidence based guidelines amongst health workers at Garissa Provincial Hospital, Kenya
  3. Nasreen Jessani, DrPH Candidate Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: “From Knowledge  Generation to Knowledge Brokering:Exploring the dual role of academic faculty in bridging the evidence to policy divide in Kenya.”
  4. Mumbi Mwakio: Social-reintergration of women undergoing obstetric fistula repairs

 

  1. Mutuku A. Mwanthi and Angelo Tomedi: Effectiveness of a community health worker home visitation project to prevent neonatal deaths in Kenya.
  2. Rose Opiyo: “Role of Fish Oil Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Depression among HIV-Seropositive Pregnant Women in Nairobi: A Randomized Double-blind Controlled Trial”. This is an on-going PhD research.
  3. Prof Wang’ombe: 

NTDs Baseline survey conducted in East Pokot January 2012 with NE University, MOH, Proposal submitted to NIH for funding

 

            Prof. P. Mwanthi: Supervised the following student’s MPH dissertations:

  1. Caroline Mukiira, Healthcare seeking practices of caregivers of under 5 years children in an informal settlement in Nairobi (Developing dissertation Proposal).
  2. Brenda Makokha, Risks associated with selected blood borne pathogens and utilization of post prophylaxis exposure in two health care facilities in Kenya  (Collecting MPH dissertation data, February 2012).
  3. Abdi Osman, , LaTrobe University in Australia. Title of  Dissertation: Quality of  Ground Water in Wajir (Kenya) Shallow Aquifer and Cause Effect Relationship in Diarrhea Diseases Among Children (PhD candidate, in process of submitting final thesis draft, February  2012).
  4. Dr. Olewe, Blood Lead and Exposures Among Occupational Health Subjects  in Nairobi, (PhD Provisional candidate April 2012).
  5. Grace Kibua, Childcare Practices and Nutritional Status Among Under 5 years in Southland informal settlement (Analyzing MPH dissertation data, February 2012).
  6. Moses Shibona Wamadiwa, Factors Associated with Irrational Use of Anti-Malarial in Nairobi Eastlands (Second phase of MPH dissertation proposal development, January 2012).

 

Prof. Olenja:

  1. Supervision of 2 PHD students working on social aspects within vaccine trials

 

6.0 INTERNATIONAL LINKS AND COLLABORATIONS

 

  1. Dr Dismas Ongore: MOU with American University Abroad on broad areas of teaching and research
  2. Prof. Joyce Olenja; Provided Trainings in Community engagement in research particularly in clinical trials (in Tanzania and Uganda research sites).
  3. Prof. Joyce Olenja; Peer reviewer for British medical Journal (BMJ) and Health Matters.
  4. Mr. Erastus K. Njeru; maintained links with Regional AIDS Training Network to offer the Advanced Health Research Methods Course (29th Oct – 16th November 2012). He also finalized MoU with International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Prof. A.M. Mwanthi; The following universities  -  One Health Central  Eastern Africa (OHCEA)

  1. University of Kinshasa (School of Public Health)
  2. University of Lubumbashi (Faculty of Medicine)
  3. Jimma University College of Health and Medical Sciences
  4. Jimma University College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (School of Veterinary Medicine)
  5. Mekelle University (College of Veterinary Medicine)
  6. University of Nairobi (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine)
  7. Moi University (School of Public Health)
  8. National University of Rwanda (School of Public Health)
  9. Umutara Polytechnic (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine)
  10. Muhimbili University (School of Public Health and Social Sciences)
  11. Sokoine University of Agriculture (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine)
  12. Makerere University (School of Public Health)
  13. Makerere University (College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources & Bio-security)-COVAB
  14. University of Minnesota, USA

Tufts University, Boston, USA

 

7.0 PUBLICATIONS FOR THE YEAR (AUTHOR, DATE OF PUBLICATION, TITLE OF PUBLISHER, PLACE OF PUBLICATION)

 

 

  1. Tomedi A, Tucker K, Mwanthi MA   A strategy to increase the number of deliveries   with skilled birth attendants in Kenya.  Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2013 Feb;120(2):152-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2012.09.013. Epub 2012 Nov 26.

 

  1. Livingston,A; Tomedi A; Campbell A;  Morales C;  Mwanthi M A  A Community Health Worker Home Visitation Project to Prevent Neonatal Deaths in Kenya.Journal of Tropical Pediatrics 2012; doi: 10.1093/tropej/fms 034.

 

 

9.0       NO. OF STAFF AND THEIR DESIGNATIONS

Currently on board 17 staff members i.e;  

  • Professor                           -           1
  • Associate Professors         -           4
  • Senior Lecturers                 -           3
  • Lecturers                            -           8
  • Tutorial Fellow                   -           1
  • Administrator                     -           1
  • ICT In-charge                      -           1
  • Secretary                             -           1
  • Technologist                       -           1
  • Cleaner                                -           2
  • Driver                                  -           2

 

10.0     NUMBER OF GRADUANDS

 

 

Course

2010/2011

2011/2012

Total

1

Masters in Public Health

3

11

14

2

PhD in Public Health

  1.  

1

2

 

Total

4

12

16

 

 

11.0     PAPERS PRESENTED AT CONFERENCES (TITLE OF PAPER,

 

Prof. Joyce Olenja:

  1. Posted two papers on the Maternal mortality and Transport network website

Mr. Lambert Nyabola

  1. Bioethics sensitization workshop for the KNH Board of Management at Utalii Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya (11th December, 2012).
  2. Bio-Ethics in Research Training sponsored by Prime-K held at the Department of Paediatrics & Child Health – C.H.S (26th – 30th November, 2012).
  3. Graduate Research and Publication - ‘Health System Research’ Workshop held at the School of Public Health, University of Nairobi. (6th November, 2012)
  4. Building Synergies for improving University of Nairobi Enterprises & Services (UNES) Consultancy workshop at the Chiromo Conference Centre  (31st October, 2012) 
  5. Research Capacity Building Sustainable for Health and its Social Determinants Workshop at Silver Springs Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya (18th September, 2012).  
  6. Participated in the Strategic Planning Workshop for KNH/UoN Ethics and Research Committee at Maanzoni Lodge, Machakos County. (7th – 8th May 2012).
  7. Attended KNH/UON-ERC Induction and Appraisal Workshop at Kenyatta National Hospital, Kenyatta  (27th -28th  Feb., 2012)

Mr. Erastus K. Njeru

  1. Results Based Management M&E for Performance Improvement of Regional AIDS Training Network (RATN) programs, Nairobi. (17-19th July, 2012)
  2. Gender Mainstreaming Workshop in HIV Programming, Training and Capacity Development, Naivasha (26-28th November, 2012)

Prof. Elisha K. Muchunga

  1. Proposal Writing Workshop organized by University of Nairobi Enterprises & Services Limited (UNES) held at the University of Nairobi (24th – 27th April, 2012).
  2. Retirement Planning Seminar held at the University of Nairobi (16 – 17th August, 2012)

 

Dr. Kellen Njeri Kimani

  1. Principles of HIV Research. University of Washington and the Medical Education Partnership Initiative held at the University of Nairobi. (January 16 -20th , 2012)
  2. Responsible Conduct of Research Course University of Washington/University of Nairobi held at Olive Garden Hotel ( February 20th  -23rd 2012)
  3. Research and Grant Proposal Writing. University of Nairobi Enterprises & Services Limited held at Central Catering Unit, Chiromo ( March 2012)
  4. Training Workshop on the use of TUSK Platform held at the University of Nairobi (6 -8th  August 2012)
  5. OHCEA Regional In-service Training Programs Workshops. University of Minnesota and the USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats Program’s RESPOND Project. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (17 -20th September, 2012)
  6. Guidelines and Standards for HIV and AIDS mainstreaming in Kenyan Universities – Writers Workshop. Commission for Higher Education and UNESCO. Mombasa, Kenya. (11th – 16th November, 2012)

 

12.0     CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ACTIVITIES (IF ANY)

  1. Delivered a Lecture to a  youth  of graduate students from various universities in Kenya. The title of the lecture was:  Opportunities and Challenges in Youth hood.

 

13.0     ANY OTHER ACTIVITIES

Prof. Joyce Olenja:

  1. Membership in maternal mortality and transport network
  2. Chair – Disability mainstreaming committee within the College of Health Sciences
  3. Supported the Annual review of the DFID Kenya Health Programme
  4. Team leader for the MOH/UNFPA evaluation of the 7th Kenya Country programme.

 

ANNEX I: VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL 7TH MARCH 2012 TO DATE

 

Serial

Date

Name

Address

Comments

 

  1.  

7th March 2012

Ann Blaaleman

EPOS Health Mgt

Health economist

abeaston@epos.de

Thank you!

  1.  

‘’

Dr. Paul Odundo

GIZI EPOS Health Mgt paulodundo@epos.de

 

  1.  

‘’

Zipporah Kihuha

EPOS Health Mgt

P.O. Box 18423-00100 zipporah.kihuha@epos.de

Thank you for all the information

  1.  

14th March 2012

Dr. G. Midiwo

NHIF P.O. Box 30443-00100

Very interesting and useful interaction

  1.  

15th March 2012

Lynsey Farrel

AU Abroad Kenya auabroadkenya@gmail.com

Looking forward to a rewarding partnaership!

  1.  

19th March 2012

Jake Sinclair MD

Ujamaa Africa

Hope to work together

  1.  

‘’

Gitau Caroline W.

Ujamaa Africa

Thank you, looking forward to partnering

  1.  

‘’

Evans Odhiambo

‘’

Thanks alot for your time

  1.  

23rd March 2012

Katinka de Balogh

Food and Agric.Org. (FAO)

Animal Health

Thank you for marvellous opportunity to move One Health forward

  1.  

16th April 2012

Mwangi Njagi

AU Abroad, off R.S. Drive

Had a productive meeting, thanks

  1.  

2nd May 2012

Krzysztof Krajewski

KRAKOW, Tagicllowan University

Thank you for everything. I hope we will collaborate in future

  1.  

‘’

M. Beckman

AAR Holdings

Hopefully, this is the beginning of a successful partnership

  1.  

15th May 2012

Mwangi Njagi

AU Abroad, off R.S. Drive

A very productive meeting. Looking forward to kicking on.

  1.  

19th May 2012

Mahul Shah

International Education Centre on behalf of Curtin University

Looking forward to forming new  relationship

  1.  

10th July 2012

Mwangi Njagi

American University Abroad

Mkutano wa fanaka

  1.  

11th July 2012

Katharina Start

Royal Veterinary College London

Thanks for the invitation. One health is the future

  1.  

‘’

Carola Sauter-Louis

‘’

 

  1.  

17th July 2012

Daliel Edwardo

TRG 909 N. Washignton

Great interview OHCEA

  1.  

26th July 2012

Jaewool Chii

School of Public Health Korea University, Seoul, Korea

Thanks for your hospitality

  1.  

‘’

Ducksun AHN

Korea University Medical College

Great Institution

  1.  

21st September 2012

Robert Cumming

University of Sydney School of Public Health

A great week as external examiner. I look forward to future collaborations

  1.  

15th October 2012

Issakha Diallo

MSH/LMS Kenya Consultant

Impressed by the readiness and commitment to push the public agenda forward

  1.  

‘’

Dr. Oyore John

MSH/LMS Mid term evaluator

A good job

  1.  

23rd November 2012

Celia Cornwell

Faculty of Health Sciences Curtin University, Australia.

Look forward to cooperation!

  1.  

‘’

Linda Selvey

School of Public Health Curtin University, Australia.

Look forward to working with you.

  1.  

‘’

Mahul Shah

Australian Education Consultant

Great to be back.

  1.  

27th November 2012

Roos , UMC Utrecht

Utrecht, the Netherlands

Thank you. I hope we can collaborate in future!

  1.  

29th November 2012

Aaron, University of the W.C

UMC, South Africa

Thank you for your assistance

  1.  

3rd December 2012

Kevin Storey

Regional Aids Training Network (RAT) Box 16035 00100 Nairobi, KENYA.

Thank you for the great hospitality and fruitful meeting.

  1.  

4th December 2012

Stephen Moses

University of Manitoba

Winnipeg, Canada

Thank you so much for your time and energy.

  1.  

‘’

John Anthony

HEAD TSU - UOM

UNITID-NAIROBI

Thanks for sharing about programs and areas of collaboration

  1.  

‘’

Parinita B

University of Manitoba

UNITID

Looking forward for collaboration

  1.  

19th December 2012

Victoria Kisaakye

Kanobe, TCD, Manager

RATN, Box 16035-00100 Nairobi, Kenya.

Thanking you for he great collaboration and the new prospects.

  1.  

18th January 2013

Dr Esther Muia,

UNFPA, DAO, PDR, Vientaine, Laos

Congratulations on the new status. We look forward to speedy progress. All the best

  1.  

19th January 2013

Dr Kathleen Matho

University of Manitoba

Thank you for hosting us. We look forward to collaboration with e-learning

  1.  

14 Feb. 2013

Mrs. Tirra Murray

AU Abroad 4400 Mass. Ave. NW, Wash.DC

Thank you.

 

 

ANNEX II. LIST OF ACADEMIC STAFF AND THEIR SPECIALTIES

 

NAME                                                SPECIALTY

  1. Dr. Dismas Ongore                 Director and Epidemiologist and Disease Control
  2. Prof. Mutuku A. Mwanthi        Associate Professor, Environmental & Occupational Health
  3. Prof. Joseph K. Wang’ombe  Professor of Health Economics and Policy Development
  4. Prof. Violet N. Kimani             Associate Professor, Community Health (Social Sciences)
  5. Prof. Elisha K. Muchunga       Associate Professor, Demography and Research Methodology
  6. Professor Joyce M. Olenja     Associate Professor, Medical Anthropology
  7. Prof. Elizabeth N. Ngugi         Health Education and PHC & STDs/HIV/AIDs Specialist
  8. Mr. Lambert O. Nyabola         Biostatistics and Epidemiologist
  9. Mr. Erastus K. Njeru               Biostatistics, Epidemiologist and Research Methods.
  10. Dr. Peter Njoroge                    Health service management & MCH Specialist
  11. Dr. Peterson J. Muriithi           Health systems management & Dentist
  12. Mrs. Mary Kinoti                     Environmental & Occupational Health
  13. Faith M. Thuita                        Nutritionist
  14. Dr. Richard Ayah                    Health Systems Management
  15. Mrs. Rose Opiyo                     Nutritionist
  16. Dr Tom Olewe                                    Communicable and Non-communicable diseases
  17. Dr Kellen Kimani                     Epidemiology

 

 

 

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