The Kenya Students’ One Health Innovation Club (SOHIC) team emerged winners in the inaugural Global Case Competition held in Kampala, Uganda on the 26th of July 2019. The team comprising students from the University of Nairobi and Moi University emerged victorious after seeing off the team from University of Rwanda (Rwanda) in the finals. The two teams had topped the semi-finals held a day earlier, which also featured Tufts University (United States), Makerere University (Uganda) and Universite des Montagnes (Cameroon).
Global Case Competitions are designed to expose participants to challenges drawn from real life scenarios where they are expected to analyse the challenge, develop interventions and present such solutions to a team of judges. This Global Case Competition was no different, it was designed to inculcate a spirit of interdisciplinarity, team-working and innovativeness in response to One Health challenges among undergraduate students (pre-service workforce).
In the semi-finals, the student teams were asked to respond to an outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) or Bird Flu in an East African country given a fixed budget. The finals had a twist where highly endangered bird species in a tourist zone were infected and some tourists who had visited the area had flown back to their countries with symptoms of Flu.
The Kenyan student team comprised of a good mix of disciplines; [Gilbert Guyo (Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Nairobi), Elizabeth Adeya (Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Nairobi), Samantha Mukonjia (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Nairobi), Walter Nyagah (Bachelor of Pharmacy, University of Nairobi), Zayed Kikenyi (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Moi University) and Lucy Nduta (Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Moi University] emerged winners in the finals. They were mentored by Dr. Gilbert Kirui of the University of Nairobi’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
The OHCEA Focal persons from Kenya, Dr. Abuom Tequiero (UoN�FVM, Dr. Peter Koskei MU�SPH and Dr. Marshall Mweu UoN-SPH continuously supported Dr. Kirui as he tirelessly prepared the students for the competition.
The Deans present at the conference (Prof Mabel Nangami of the School of Public Health, Moi University; Prof. Ndichu Maingi of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Nairobi and Prof. Mutuku Mwanthi, of the School of Public health, University of Nairobi) heaped praise on the team for showing resilience, team spirit and hard work.
We congratulate the TEAM-KENYA for demonstrating One Health in Practice.
Report compiled by Drs. Gilbert Kirui, Abuom Tequiero, Peter Koskei and Marshall Mweu
Source: Moi University