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SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH HOSTS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE

Dean School of Public Health and Community Development Prof. Rosebella Onyango giving opening remarks at the HADCO International Conference in Kisumu Hotel on 13th October 2014.

The School of Public Health and Community Development has organized a one week international conference on community health care from 13th – 17th October at the Kisumu hotel.

The conference themed ‘Evidence based community health care supported by eLearning’ is part of an exchange programme that involves ten Universities of Applied Sciences in Finland, Maseno University’s School of Public Health and Community Development and International Health Sciences University, Uganda.

The International Coordinator of Centria University, Finland Mr. Ilmo Anttila said that the exchange programme is relevant since societies have become more multicultural and at the same time global cooperation for talent increases. He added that it is in the best interest of a country that the skills and know-how of its people meet the needs of a globalising economy and an increasingly diverse society.


The Dean School of Public Health and Community Development Prof. Rosebella Onyango appreciated the exchange programme as it boosts relationship among Kenya, Uganda and Finland. She said such cooperation help to build the capacity of faculty in health training and provide research opportunities for students.

The exchange programme is funded by Health Africa Development Cooperation (HADCO), Finland which works in accordance with Finland´s development policy whose main goal is to contribute to the eradication of extreme poverty from the world. The exchange programme is currently on its fifth round of the North-South-South Health Africa in Kenya and Uganda.

The overall objective of the exchange programme is to maintain, support and develop cooperation in the fields of Social and Health Care Education among Kenya, Uganda and Finland. The programme also aims at raising the standards and improving the quality of Social and Health Care in partner countries. It also aims at exchanging information, sharing experiences and expertise, and promoting the professional development of social and health care students and teachers through international and intercultural cooperation.
The collaboration further promotes the mobility of faculty and students in applied research and the development of curricula, course contents, teaching methods and materials, and all joint projects aiming to promote social and health care education.

The participants at the conference include 20 faculty and students from Finland, 25 from Uganda and 35 from Maseno University.

Chairperson HADCO and Lecturer at Centria University, Finland Ms. Merja Seppala making a presentation during the HADCO International Conference at the Kisumu hotel.

Participants at the HADCO International Conference in Kisumu Hotel