AKU don challenges scientists to solve Kenya’s heath problems


Winners of the first Aga Khan University Annual Early-Career Health Researchers Symposium. file photo | nmg

A don has urged scientists to use their new found knowledge to improve Kenyans’ well-being in matters health while pointing out problems for further research.

Aga Khan University(AKU) Associate Dean in charge of Research, Faculty of Health Sciences Professor William Macharia told the university’s first ever East African Early Career Researchers’ Symposium in Nairobi that scientists must share their knowledge to find solutions for various ailments afflicting Kenyans.

“The immediate beneficiaries are early career researchers who showcase their work and learn from their seasoned counterparts, but the ultimate winners are communities looking up to scientists to solve their health challenges,” said Prof Macharia.

AKU’s Medical School Dean Professor Robert Armstrong said the event would be held annually providing researchers with a platform to share knowledge and impart skills on one another that could be deployed in their daily course of work.

“This is a good avenue for early career scientists to build academic relationships through joint research and it is the beginning of long term partnerships among different researchers who have not previously worked together,” he said.