As we adapt to these unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic, USIU-Africa is committed to keep our students in class and pursue their education uninterrupted. We have set up a University Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund to mobilize resources and support students experiencing financial constraints during these challenging times to continue with their classes in summer 2020 and beyond.
We are inviting our entire USIU-Africa community (Leadership, Staff & Faculty, Students, Alumni, Parents as well as Friends of the University), to join us in our Annual Month of Giving and partner with us by supporting and mobilizing resources towards the “University Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund”.
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“Enhancing ground-level health worker capacity to plan and respond to COVID-19 among vulnerable populations” is the title of our project that was funded by the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa. The project was implemented by the School of Public Health, the University of Nairobi which formed a team of senior lecturers, postgraduate students pursuing Masters of Public Health, and undergraduate/medical students. The project was a rapid response project with the aim of providing health care workers and the public with curated information, adapted management tools, and short videos to enable them to effectively deploy COVID-19 strategies. The project set up a website accessed at https://kenyahealthsystems.org/ around four COVID-19 themes with over 100 published articles and video clips. The project also hosted weekly virtual calls, two large webinars, and one media appearance to discuss the latest COVID-19 updates. This project responded to the gap by leveraging digital platforms and social media that are accessible to the public and to health care workers. The project also enabled students to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic through rigorous literature reviews.