UoN HIV Fellowship Curriculum Development and Review Workshop
Prof. Isaac Kibwage, Principal College of Health Sciences, officially opened the Curriculum development and review workshop for the UoN HIV Capacity Building Fellowship at the Great Rift Valley Lodge, Naivasha. The workshop took place from 21st July – 25th July 2014.
The main objective of the workshop was to acquire knowledge and skills to develop curriculum, to review the fellowship curriculum for the current tracks which are: Health Economics, Health Informatics and Program Management.
The workshop would also have the opportunity to develop curriculum for the two new tracks which include: Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Monitoring & Evaluation.
“This curriculum development and review workshop is going to be a pillar in the presentation of the UoN HIV Capacity Building Fellowship, because what you come up with is what is going to give the program direction,” emphasized Prof. Kibwage.
The Principal also urged the delegates that as they think through the curriculum, they should also consider the needs of the participating Local Partners (PLPs). He also acknowledged the impact of the previous fellows in the various organizations they were attached to. ‘The managers of the institutions where some of the fellows were attached to, were very appreciative of the kind of knowledge and skills they were getting from the fellows and the value that they were adding to the operations of their employers and organizations,’ he pointed out.
Prof. James Kiarie the Principal Investigator at UoN HIV Capacity Building Fellowship pointed out that looking at the 5 Year program, we were very successful but since environment changes, expectations change, there is always room for improvement and even after successfully achieving our goal, there was still need to review the curriculum so that it could become even better.
“Our main goal is basically to build the capacity of local health care workers and organizations so that they can deliver HIV services. To achieve this, we want a sustained national training program not a program that will require donor funding again for it to continue, we want a sustainable program,” Prof. Kiarie emphasized.
He also explained the reason behind adding Monitoring & Evaluation and Epidemiology & Biostatistics. “From our discussion with stakeholders, summative evaluation consultants and also from the fellows’ feedback, we have added Monitoring & Evaluation and Epidemiology & Biostatistics as tracks.”
He also pointed out that it was advisable for fellows to contribute to the development of the Kenyan society after training rather than leave the country for greener pastures elsewhere.