THE 9th KASH CONFERENCE
The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), in collaboration with other local and international players in the health sector, organizes scientific conference every year christened Kenya Medical Research Institute Annual Scientific and Health Conference (KASH). This year’s conference took place at Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya from February 13, 2019 through February 15, 2019 and was the 9th conference since its inception. The conference creates an opportunity for stakeholders in the health value chain to interact with each other while sharing new innovations and research on health matters. It brought together scientist of diverse backgrounds and experience. About 300 participants attended the 3-day conference. Kenya FELTP residents from the intermediate Course participated in the conference and had an opportunity to share their work with colleagues in the health sector.
The conference was officially opened by the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in the ministry of Health, Dr Rashid Aman, on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary for Health. In his remarks he appreciated the role KEMRI plays in the health sector and the contribution the institute was making towards achievement of Universal Health Coverage. He acknowledged the role research plays in evidence-based decision making.
Conference theme and structure
The 9th KASH conference theme revolved around one of the big 4 agenda for government of Kenya; “Leveraging and strengthening research for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Kenya”. The conference focused on research areas that could contribute to UHC. Participants were therefore expected to make presentation that underpinned the role of research in attainment of the UHC.
Slightly over 100 abstracts were presented in seven key note speeches at plenary sessions, 11oral breakout parallel sessions, five symposia and 18 poster presentations.
The abstracts were presented in sessions that focussed on;
- HIV/AIDS and TB
- Genomics, Diagnostics and Innovations
- Parasitic Infections and Entomology
- Traditional Medicine and Drug Development
- Non Communicable Diseases
- Sexual, Reproductive, Adolescent and Child Health (SRACH)
- Antimicrobial Resistance
- One Health
- Public Health and Health Systems
- Emerging and Re-emerging Infections and Neglected Tropical Diseases
Kenya Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (KFELTP) Presentations
Kenya FELTP was represented at the conference by two members of the faculty (Tura Galgalo and Maurice Owiny), 11 graduates of Intermediate Course Class 4 and one graduate from the Intermediate Course Class 3. A total of 12 abstracts (Table 1) were accepted for oral presentation at the conference and all were presented. The presentations were well received by the audience and the responses to questions were satisfactory. All presenters made their presentations within the allocated time.
The KFELTP team to the 9th KASH Conference acknowledges the CDC Kenya, KFELTP Program Director and all staff of KFELTP for their commitment during the Basic and Intermediate Courses and during the conference preparation and attendance. Appreciation also goes to Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries for allowing the participants to take the courses and attend the conference.