Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) is set to establish a Sh6 billion institute dedicated to chronic diseases.
The Non-Communicable Diseases Institute will serve both Kenya and her neighbours as it will focus on reducing the cost of treating such diseases as envisioned in the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) plan.
According to the university, the facility will be instrumental in promoting multidisciplinary teaching and research in underserved yet critical areas such as medical engineering, medical physics and forensic medicine.
JKUAT Vice Chancellor Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi said the institute will be a key national resource in the teaching and research of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, haematology, oncology, kidney diseases and diabetes
“We hope to reposition the institute as the go-to place for health innovation outputs, effective teaching and applied research. This will enable us to support the realisation of Kenya’s priority targets regarding universal healthcare for our populations,” she said.
The establishment of the specialised institute will be supported by the government of Japan through JICA and the Japan-based Association of African Economy and Development (AFRECO).
Japan’s representative at the forum hosted for the partners on Wednesday, Rika Karikomi, said the initiative will support President Uhuru Kenyatta’s agenda to provide affordable, quality and accessible health services.
AFRECO Secretary General Kyoko Hasegawa said her organization was keen on ensuring the establishment of the Institute as it would further cement strong ties between Kenya and Japan.