WELLCOME TRUST BOSS VISITS THE PROPOSED APHRC OFFICE CONSTRUCTION SITE
|Mr. Whitworth (C) , Dr. Moses Oketch(5L),Mr. Joseph Gichuru(4L),Prof.Charles Okigbo (3L) and Booker Nyadhaya (2L) pose for a photo at the construction site along with Engineers and architects leading the construction project|
On the evening of Tuesday, 27th July, 2010, some senior staff at APHRC had the pleasure of taking Mr. Jimmy Whitworth from Wellcome Trust for a site visit to the new APHRC's offices under construction in Kitisuru, on the western outskirts of Nairobi. Mr. Whitworth is the Head of International Activities at Wellcome Trust which is one of the Center's primary funders since inception. Present during the 30 minute on-site tour were the Center's theme leaders Dr. Moses Oketch (Education), Prof. Charles Okigbo (Policy Engagement) as well as Mr. Joseph Gichuru, the Head of Finance and Administration and Finance. Mr. Whitworth was in Nairobi to attend the meeting of the board of the Consortium for National Health Research (CNHR), one of the beneficiaries of the Wellcome Trust in Kenya.
Upon completion the office complex which is located on a 6-acre plot of land will be large enough to accommodate office blocks in two towers on four floors, an amphitheatre, seminar rooms, a restaurant, 40 self-contained residential rooms, and recreational facilities. The completion date for the building is scheduled for early 2011, in time for APHRC's 10th anniversary celebrations.
The partnership between the APHRC and Wellcome Trust dates back to the early years of the Center's independent existence, and the highlight is the Trust's support for the Urbanization, Poverty and Health Dynamics (UPHD) program which was initiated in 2006.The UPHD has six interrelated projects that investigate the effects of poverty and migration on health outcomes across the life course. This program has yielded useful research evidence that has been used to engage policy makers on various health-related issues.
For instance, with regard to maternal health, findings about the high maternal mortality and poor obstetric services in the slums have led to the launch of a campaign by both Ministries of Health – Ministry of Medical Services and Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation – seeking to bring to the fore the gravity of the maternal situation not only in the slums but in the entire country leading to family planning materials being a budget line item.