1Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology has been identified as the regional hub for health workforce training institutions. MMUST will be the lead training institution for comprehensive HRH training in the Western Cluster which has Busia, Kakamega, Bungoma and TransNzoia counties. The other satellite training institutions that have been earmarked for this project in the Western Cluster are: KMTC Kakamega, KMTC Busia and KMTC Bungoma.

Addressing the Varsity Vice Chancellor and his team on Thursday, 16th February 2017 at the Vice Chancellor’s boardroom, Dr. Wasunna Owino, the Country Director, IntraHealth International lauded MMUST for taking leadership in rolling out of human resource of market ready graduates who are responsive to Kenya’s disease burden.

He indicated that the Human Resources for Health (HRH) which is funded by the Presidents Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) aims to strengthen health workforce management to achieve improved health outcomes.

Dr. Owino revealed that the areas of focus for the programme are; HIV and AIDS, Maternal Healthcare and Malaria. He said they are relying on MMUST for the finalization of scope of work, noting that funding mechanism has evolved globally.  Dr. Owino was accompanied by the Regional Director, Mr. Ian Wanyoike who said that the HRH/Kenya mechanism will build on the successes and lessons learned from the FUNZOKenya project.

A technical team from HRH/Kenya is expected to meet the MMUST team on 22nd and 23rd February, 2017 to agree on key areas of partnership. Other partners of the HRH/Kenya mechanism include; IntraHealth Internal, AMREF Health Africa and Strathmore University Business School (SBS).

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. FAO Otieno thanked IntraHealth International for identifying MMUST as the Lead training institution adding that MMUST has the capacity to ensure that the project is successful. He said the University will work closely with other partners to strengthen management, faculty capacity, curricula and clinical practice.

The MMUST team that met with the duo included; Prof. Asenath Sigot of Nutritional Department, Dr. Gladys Mengich, the CoD, Health Professionals Education, the Executive Dean, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Prof. Col.(Rtd). Okoth and Dr. Victor Dinda.

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