In a strong collaboration between Strathmore University, HP East Africa, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) the HP-Strathmore Research Lab was officially opened at the Strathmore University campus. The education lab is expected to improve and provide structural and systematic systems in the health care industry in Kenya.
Under the Faculty of Information Technologyat Strathmore University, the education lab will provide faculty and students with technology that further enhances the capability to design systems that will support public health delivery, which in return will improve access to high-quality healthcare as well as save lives.
Strathmore University DVC Prof Izael Da Silva in his opening remarks welcomed the guests to the launch and commended the initiative emphasizing on Strathmore’s belief in technology. Using the Strathmore motto “Ut omnes unum sint” which means “That all may be one” Prof Izael celebrated the partnership that encouraged oneness in a bid to help the society.
Speaking on behalf of HP Kenya, Managing Director Mr. Charles Kuria believes the research lab will give institutions a platform to roll out investigations, accelerating innovation and research which enables organizations to increase their positive impact on the society. Interested institutions and students from other universities were invited to participate. The researchers are expected to come up with solutions that will help with improving the diagnosis and treatment of diseases across Africa.
Mr. Kuria also added that the partnership with the ministry of health, will work at reaching out to all hospitals across the country, while trying to ensure the project stays centralized to enable good management and sustainability.
HP Director – Human Progress Mr. Paul Ellingstad was certain that the education lab will create more effective and efficient solutions with the right partners and the right technology. He was proud of the strong partnership which he believes will have an effect on improving the innovation.
“This is not about international people developing solutions, this are local people coming up with the solutions” said Mr. Ellingstad. Some of the solutions are already being used by the MOH.
The education lab also recently showcased the “HP Channel-Led Pay-Per-User print solution” which cuts down on printing and imaging cost.
Clinton Health representative Mr. Jackson Hungu and Mr. Nicodemus Maingi Strathmore University lecturer, also known as the “brains behind this project”, were both grateful to HP Kenya for recognizing the solutions at Strathmore and running with it, creating a platform for growth and increased innovation.
The celebrations were culminated with all the representatives touring the research lab and interacting with the students involved with the project.