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2nd KEMRI Annual Scientific & Health (KASH) Conference: Bridging the Gap in Health Research in Africa...

kashII-bStrengthening systems for disseminating and transmitting research findings for evidence-based policy formulation and implementation - bridging the know-do-gap between knowledge and action, between evidence and practice

Theme: Towards A Healthy, Globally Competitive Nation: Vision 2030 Flagships

Over 120 International renowned scientists, researchers, policy makers & corporate scientific leaders presented high level scientific papers at the 2nd KEMRI Annual Scientific & Health Conference held on Wednesday 8th to Friday 10th February 2012 at the KEMRI Headquarters.
The theme of this years’ Conference was “Towards a healthy, globally competitive Nation: Vision 2030 flagships”, in line with the government’s strategic efforts of streamlining human research and policy. Popularly known as ‘KASH’, the conference provides an opportunity to strengthen systems for disseminating and transmitting research findings for evidence-based policy formulation and implementation in what is known as bridging the know-do-gap, which represents a disconnect between knowledge and action, and between evidence and practice. This is borne out of the realization that researchers and policy-makers need to work together to find better ways to reduce the burden of diseases that cause ill-health, by influencing policy that results in sound and more sustainable health programs, not only for Kenya but for the East African region as well.
The conference had the following main sub themes: Biotechnology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Public Health & Health Systems, including Cause & effects of road accidents on health and economy, Traditional Medicine and Alternative Therapy, Microbiology, Parasitic Infections and Entomology and Non-Communicable disease. Others were HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, Neglected Diseases, Sexual, Reproductive and maternal Health, Research Ethics and Governance leadership and public administration.
The inaugural Annual KASH Conference was held in February last year. While inaugurating the conference, the Director KEMRI, Dr. Solomon Mpoke said , “This is an important milestone in KEMRI’s goal of taking human health research in Kenya a notch higher as this Conference provides a platform for discussing ongoing research in human health in Kenya in an endeavor to seek solutions to the myriad of health challenges that we face as a country. Also speaking during this inaugural conference, Prof. Shaukat Abdulrazak, the

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The State of the art training facility at KEMRI which is the Venue for the KASH Conference.

CEO of the National Council for Science and Technology said, “The objective of the Conference is to provide a forum that brings together researchers, policy makers, traditional practitioners, indigenous knowledge systems, and trainers to disseminate and share information towards improving the overall health and livelihoods of Kenyans and also to renew efforts towards mainstreaming and institutionalizing KEMRI’s Scientific and Health agenda’’.
The 2nd KASH conference builds on the success of the 1st conference. It provided an opportunity for information sharing with the potential to influence policy that directly impacts on the lives of the people of Kenya. The conference also enabled researchers to harvest, synthesize, re-package, and communicate policy-relevant evidence from their research findings to policy makers and other users’’.

“This is an exciting moment for KEMRI, Kenya and Africa as whole, as we start this daunting, yet exciting journey of improving the lives of Kenyans through research dissemination in a regular, local forum... I never thought I would be at the helm of all this” Dr. Jennifer Orwa, the Chairperson of the Steering and Organizing Committee of KASH remarked. With concerted and focused efforts, such advances will enable the strengthening of systems for disseminating and translating research findings for evidence-based policy formulation and implementation and as a result improved informed decision making particularly in the area of health, science, technology and innovations.

Finally, the 2nd KASH Conference provided a fertile ground for personal career development for scientists, as they showcased their research findings. It also allowed them to develop networks and linkages for future collaboration.
Research is important when it is disseminated and can be used for reference, for influence, and most importantly translated into implementable strategies that make a difference in the lives of individuals, families and, indeed, communities. KEMRI as a leading institute for health research in Africa, will continue to provide health solutions for humanity in line with its vision, mission and mandates.
“There is a growing trend towards both evidence-based policy-making and practice internationally, and therefore it is important that we ensure that research in human health conducted within our communities are translated to influence policy in our developing countries contexts; and at KEMRI we have determined to ensure we promote this; given our extensive research in all aspects of human health ”, noted Dr. Elizabeth Bukusi, the Deputy Director (Research and Training), commenting on the importance of the KEMRI KASH conference.
To accomplish her mission, KEMRI takes pride of the invaluable and immeasurable support of the dedicated Board of Management, our partners and collaborators, KEMRI’s management and staff, and the unwavering support of the Government of Kenya. It is this unique partnership that continues to inspire KEMRI scientists to seek innovative scientific solutions that impact on the lives of Kenyans in line with our motto: In search of Better Health.


 

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