Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) medical student, has been named as a recipient of the Student Project for Health awards.
Odiwuor Ochieng is one the 12 students globally to receive the award and will have the opportunity to present his winning project during the 2019 conference dubbed ‘The Network: Towards Unity for Health.
Ochieng’s project, titled Early Childhood Development Center Malnutrition Program, tackles the problem of malnutrition among children in Kenya.
Based on research suggesting that clinic attendance has a close correlation to a child’s immunization schedule, the project takes advantage of the immunization visits to screen children for malnutrition.
The project was first incorporated into a polio campaign where they screened each child for malnutrition and distributed Vitamin A supplements.
If a child had signs of malnourishment, they were referred to an appropriate health center for further consultation and through the one campaign, they were able to screen 37,117 children, and there are plans to continue with other immunization campaigns.
The award was presented by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and its Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER).
“Promoting quality medical education and health care worldwide are core to the ECFMG/FAIMER mission,” said Chief Executive of ECFMG William Pinsky.
Pinsky is also the Board chair of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research(FAIMER).
“The quality of this year’s projects and the engagement of these students in improving the health of their communities are truly inspiring. The recipients have demonstrated the innovation and diversity of efforts needed to meet global health care needs,” said.
Now in its fifth year, the Student Projects for Health competition recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being.
The project is open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects.
The competition is supported by ECFMG through its GEMx program, which promotes global educational exchange in medicine and the health professions.
Since the competition was launched in 2015, ECFMG/FAIMER has presented Student Projects for Health awards to 75 students from 22 countries.
From the 72 submissions received from around the globe, ECFMG/FAIMER selected 12 students from nine countries to receive this year’s awards.
Submissions were reviewed by an international panel of 18 reviewers and were judged on the quality of the project, degree and nature of the applicant’s participation, the applicant’s contribution to project innovation, the impact of the project, and diffusion and integration of the project.