COVID 19 is unprecedented in its global reach. For the first time countries like Kenya and the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa, cannot rely on traditional aid from partners. In this way, COVID 19 is different from Ebola or HIV. Healthcare Workers, Scientists, public health practitioners, and researchers, therefore, have to join hands with their counterparts in the rest of the world and share best practices and ensure that implementation is done in a way that protects and saves lives.
During any outbreak, Health Care Workers (HCWs) are expected to work long hours under significant pressure with often inadequate resources, while accepting the dangers inherent in close interaction with ill patients. HCWs, like everyone else, are vulnerable both to the disease itself and to rumors and incorrect information that necessarily increases their anxiety levels.
A leader in evidence-based health policy and health systems’ research publications.
- To conduct research on topical public health issues including Covid19 pandemic response and disseminate findings for policy recommendations.
- To provide social-media-leveraged evidenced-based pandemic policy response and health systems’ preparedness recommendations.
- To collate scientific information and informative public health articles for the Health workers and members of the public.
- To provide a platform for upcoming public health researchers to write and develop scientific publications.
- To establish collaborative networks of public health specialists from Kenya and from around the world for knowledge sharing.
- To organize public health conference discussions either as workshops or virtual conference calls for public health discourse.
John Kiragu is Masters of Public Health student focusing on Health Economics, Health Policy and Planning at the School of Public Health, University of Nairobi. He is also a practicing Registered Nurse with a Bachelors’ Degree in Nursing Sciences from the same University. He is also the founder of a Kenyan-based Health-Tech Startup Company implementing a digital platform to improve maternal health outcomes.
Richelle Kihoro is a Master of Public Health student at University of Nairobi specializing in Biostatistics and Epidemiology. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Biotechnology from University of Nairobi.
Dr. Richard Ayah
Dr. Richard Ayah is the director, Science and Technology Park and deputy director of ACE- NCD. He is also a senior lecturer at the School of Public Health, University of Nairobi.