Review fiscal & education policies due to socio-economic effects on children ~ Dr. Andrew Riechi

Dr. Andrew Rasugu Otachi Riechi calls for an urgent review of fiscal and education policies so as to address the socio-economic dimensions affecting the lives of children in a myriad of ways during the Covid-19 pandemic. He states that‘’ Due to prolonged confinement, children are being separated from their peers and teachers and deprived of socializing activities, including sports. National and state/county governments should consider mobilizing resources from development partners and international agencies to put up the necessary infrastructures for digital learning management systems, going forward.’’ Dr. Riechi wrote in his article that was published on the website https://eap.uonbi.ac.ke/ of the Department of Educational Administration & Planning, University Of Nairobi.

Call for academic articles from the UoN faculty staff members

Prof. Madara Ogot is calling on faculty members of staff at the University of Nairobi to write academic articles for publishing in the Research, Innovation and Enterprise (RIE) Blog. The Office of RIE created the Blog, https://uonresearch.org/blog/,  as an avenue for University Faculty to publish insightful articles with a focus on the COVID-19 Pandemic. However, Prof. Ogot is now calling for articles covering ALL topics and subject areas of interest to the public. He welcomed the faculty to leverage on their academic expertise and experience but present the articles at the level of the general reader.

Public transport the weak link in the fight against Corona Virus ~ Prof. Evaristus Irandu

Prof. Evaristus Makunyi Irandu has observed that the public transport especially matatus and truck drivers are still the weak link in the fight against Covid-19 in Kenya and the region. In a paper published on June 08, 2020 in the Research, Innovation and Enterprise (RIE) Blog, he states that already in Nairobi streets that three weeks ago were free of traffic, are now heavily congested again after the tough measures to control the spread of the virus introduced by the Kenyan government were a bit relaxed. In order to ensure public transport does not become a vehicle for transmitting corona virus in Kenya and along the Northern Corridor, Prof. Irandu has therefore called for additional measures of containment.

Dr. Alice Odingo calls for policy formulations to help protect sites & support farmers of herbal medicine

Dr. Alice Atieno Odingo has called on the National Government to prioritize the formulation of a policy to protect sites and support farmers of herbal medicine. In her article entitled ‘COVID-19: Can Herbal Medicine provide the much needed cure?’ she says, ‘’Policy formulations are required to conserve the sites which are rich in herbal medicines, support farmers that grow and preserve these biological resources, establish a structure for collection, processing and patenting for commercial use as well as enhancing collaboration between herbal and conventional medical practitioners.’’  

UoN staff inaugural recipients of Uzalendo Awards

Three members of staff from the University of Nairobi were among 68 inaugural recipients of Presidential Order of Service, Uzalendo Awards, where individuals were recognized for their distinguished and outstanding service to the nation. The three are  Prof. Omu Anzala, Dr. Marybeth Maritim and Dr. Loice Achieng Ombajo who were honoured for helping steer the country through the Corona Virus pandemic. President Uhuru Kenyatta conferred them the Uzalendo Awards during Madaraka Day celebrations at Statehouse, Nairobi.

Cartoon Competition on COVID-19

The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Kenya, in collaboration with the University of Nairobi and East African Cartoonists' Society have organized for a virtual African cartoon festival on COVID-19 pandemic, as a way of enabling the populace share practical and home-built concepts on how to keep safe during this period and post period.

This festival is solely for African and Iranian cartoonists. The secretariat will receive the artworks of the cartoonist from all over Africa. 

COVID-19 VACCINATION AND SENSITIZATION OUTREACH PROGRAMME

The University Vaccination Centre plans to conduct outreach of COVID-19 vaccination and sensitization sessions in the campuses.

The vaccination exercise is in tandem with Ministry of Health guidelines and entails administration of COVID-19 approved vaccines.

It is encouraged that those among the university community and who may not have been vaccinated or would be due for their second jab or booster should aval themselves for the vaccination programme at the campus levelas indicated in the schedule attached.