Developing capacity through partnership – PS Korir meets University of Washington

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 24, 2017 – Fifty five Kenyans have undergone training in public health programs and implementation science through a partnership with University of Washington.

The collaboration has sponsored the Kenyans to study Masters in public health and short course studies in implementation science, research and proposal writing including Afya Bora Fellowships.

On Wednesday, the University of Washington, Vice Provost for Global Affairs, Professor Jeffrey Riedinger and the Director of International AIDS Research and Training Programme Professor Carey Farquhar paid a courtesy call on the Principal Secretary for Health, Mr. Julius Korir to strengthen the 30 year old partnership in healthcare, research, and training.

Currently four Kenyans have been supported to undertake PhD in Implementation Science, two of whom are from the Ministry of Health.

The University of Washington has also supported several research studies contributing to the evidence in HIV and Policy Development through the Kenya Research and Training Center (KRTC), which has a strong partnership with Kenyatta National Hospital and KEMRI.

The collaboration with the University of Washington is set to extend to other public health areas such as TB, Malaria and non-communicable diseases, beyond the HIV/AIDs partnership.

The PS observed that there is need for the capacity building programmes to integrate a curriculum for health policy makers and implementers in the proposed University of Washington Centre for Implementation Sciences to be stationed in Kenya.