By HENRY OWINO

The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) is holding its 40th Anniversary celebrations starting Monday 10th February, 2020 at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi from 8:30 morning. 

The hallmark of the 40th, Anniversary Celebrations is the official opening ceremony of the 10th,  Kenya Annual Scientific Health (KASH) Conference that begins in the afternoon of Monday, 10th, February, 2020 with powerful panel discussions on the two topics of “Cancer: A battle to be won” and “Gender and Science: Harnessing the Potential of women in addressing health”.

After the opening, the Conference will then run through from Tuesday, 11th, February 2020 to Thursday, 13th, February, 2020.

True to its tradition, the 10th, KASH Conference whose theme is “Towards Sustainable Universal Health Care in Kenya: Utilization of Research Evidence through Multi-Sectoral Collaboration”, has   attracted a very rich cocktail of scientific papers, presentations and is to be attended by over 500 participants with over 200 abstracts to be presented at least 17 parallel Scientific sessions and symposiums covering current health and disease challenges. In addition, this year’s unique KASH conference has received over 124 oral scientific sessions and nine (9) symposium reflecting various research efforts that will be delivered through seven different subthemes.

Some of the papers to be presented are titled: 

  1. Steps towards Achievement of Universal Health Coverage in Kenya: Implications of Devolved Health Functions 2. Epidemiologic Exploration of Personal Care Products as Important Environmental Risk Factors for Breast Cancer 3. Malaria management in the UHC framework for maximum impact 4. People, their animals and development: Together in sickness and in health 5. Early life influences on the life course of non-communicable lung disease 6.  School Health and Nutrition: An Investment in Human Capital 7. NanoString Chemistry and Technology, An emerging tool in Cancer Drug Discovery and Treatment 8. Multiplicity of Malaria Transmission in East Africa 9. The emergence and re-emergence of arbovirus threats in East Africa; why we should be concerned about our early warning systems and preparedness for combat.

Delegates and experts from various professional would be attending and presenting many more papers. This would be a place to share, network and learn from each other. The high level conference would also provide solutions to many health and science problems.

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