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On Saturday 27th April, a great assembly of healthcare partners interested in East Africa, gathered at the British Medical Association for the 4th East African of Healthcare Summit. TPN took the lead of coordinating the Kenyan representation as one of the organisers. Members our Diaspora joined the huge delegation of heathcare professionals within the UK institutions and the other East African countries to deliberate on areas of collaboration. Watch the video for more on the conference.
East African 2nd Healthcare Summit 2017
Dr Emily Cheserem and Dr Mary Thompson of TPN, co-hosted the recent East African Healthcare Conference held at the British Medical Association in London. There were participants from across the five East African Community Countries and beyond.
There was a large delegation of healthcare professions in TPN who attended.
The Summit brought together large delegations of government officials and Embassies across all the East AFrican Community countries, policy makers, research and development institutions, senior hospital directors & CEOs and healthcare professionals.
This summit explored opportunities of investment and collaboration in areas that constitutes health systems strengthening in the East Africa Community including:
African Healthcare Summit 2017 - London Olympia
The summit examined the latest healthcare developments across Africa, assessing current reform measures, and examining the impact of the huge investment boom that is currently forecast in Africa’s healthcare sector.
TPN was represented by a delegation of 5 and joined hundreds of senior level delegates from Ministries of Health, NGO’s, hospitals, healthcare providers, distributors and solution providers during presentations on public and private partnerships, financing healthcare plus case study insights from governments across the continent.
Kenya-UK Trade & Investment Forum 2016
On 15th September members of TPN joined a huge delegation of Kenyans led by Amb.(Dr.) Amina Mohamed, the Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Kenya, and a strong Government delegation composed of Cabinet Secretaries, Principle Secretaries, key parastatals and Heads of private sector bodies at the Kenya-UK Trade & Investment Forum 2016. Also present was a huge delegation of international delegates that included several UK ministers and investors. The focus of the event was focus on strengthening trade and economic relations between Kenya and the United Kingdom.
The 2016 Forum focused on investment opportunities under Kenya’s Vision 2030 - the national development plan, which aims at enhancing public investment in key economic sectors such as agriculture, energy, information communication technology, manufacturing, and improving economic performance, modernising infrastructure and building partnerships for a long term sustainable economy. The forum provided an opportunity for delegates to engage with Cabinet Secretaries, CEO of Large Private firms and other senior government officials and from Kenya.
ICPAK Launches UK Chapter
On 5th of October 2016, The Institute of chartered Accountants Kenya (ICPAK), opened a UK chapter. The two day event was held at the Wellesley Hotel in London.
The event began with opening remarks from ICPAK UK Chapter Leader Ms. Jayne Thuku and Chief Executive of ICPAK Dr. Patrick Ngumi. This was followed by remarks from the High Commissioner H.E Lazarus Amayo who was also the chief guest and officially opened the ceremony.
Sophie Gitiba and Hannah Hurst represented TPN and captured the audience when they spoke pationately on the need to involve the Diaspora in every sector of business in Kenya.
Parliamentary Departmental Committee on Defence and Foreign Relations
On 19th-24th September, 2016 the Delegation of the Parliamentary Departmental Committee on Defence and Foreign Relations comprising of Hon. John Lodepe Nakara, MP (Leader of Delegation); Hon. Joseph Lekuton, OGW, MP; Hon. Richard Momoima Onyonka, MP; MP; Hon. Abbas Sheikh Mohammed, MP; Ms. Hellen Kina Masiyoi, Secretary; and Mr. Douglas Odhiambo Katho, Asst. Secretary met with members of the Kenyan Diaspora.
He MP’s invited the Diaspora to invest in the counties, saying that there are vast opportunities in the land. The Kenyan devolved county system was hailed as a haven of opportunities for the diaspora, from promoting tourism, to investment opportunities in Turkana, Wajir, Kajiado, Kisii and across all Kenyan counties. Diaspora voting in the coming elections was also discussed.
Breaking New Heights in Kenya's Healthcare
By Dr Esther Cege Munyoro
Diaspora invited to come and share an inspirational afternoon with the renowned Head of Pain and Palliative care unit, Kenyatta National Hospital. Dr Esther Cege Munyoro has revolutionised palliative care in Kenya. She is currently spearheading the new government Navigation program, that hopes to bring care closer to the people across the country.
Kenya Healthcare Diaspora Showcase
On Saturday, May 28th 2016, the East African Healthcare Forum and TPN hosted a highly successful diaspora healthcare showcase conference at St Thomas' Hospital, London.
Over 70 delegates attended representing a wide spectrum of Kenyan healthcare talent within the UK. The specialities included; Sexual Health consultant, Public Health registrar and other specialists, Dermatologist, Eye specialist doctor, GP, NHS managers, Health and Safety specialists, Cancer Screening charge nurse among many others. The conference was graced by H.E. Ambassador Lazarus Amayo, Kenyan High Commissioner to the UK, and H.E. Ambassador Jackeline Yonga, deputy Head of Mission. They were accompanied by Mrs Anne Kamau, commercial attaché to the UK. Dr Evanson Kamuri, assistant director of Kenyatta Hospital; Dr Titilola Banjoko, chair of Better Healthcare for Africa; Mr Velji Vekaria, vice president SLKPC; Dr Wafula, director Kidney research Kenya; Dr Mbogo and Dr Ngugi representing Kiambu County; Veronica Kararwa and Charles Waicuma of Kevin Kararwa Leukaemia Trust; Dorisilla Adwola senior midwife Kings Hospital London; were all guest speakers.
H.E. Ambassador Amayo was impressed by the great work and fast pace TPN was moving at in its effort to unite the Diaspora community. " I saw you start, saw you crawl then walk and now you are flying", he said in regards to TPN. He highly commended EAHF and TPN for organising such a successful event. Ambassador Amayo spoke of the need for the diaspora to cease the opportunities in trade and showcasing Kenya. Citing the fact that UK is Kenya's largest trading partner outside the East African Region, he encouraged all present to seek ways to promote Kenyan products such as tea, coffee and other popular products in the UK through using our local connections. He continued to speak of the unique position afforded the diaspora through the holding of duo nationality which gives a competitive edge when it comes to succeeding in doing businesses and in social interactions with both Kenya and the UK.
H.E. Ambassador Jackeline Yonga, spoke extensively on the content of the Diaspora policy. She expressed her joy of seeing a concept note she wrote long ago as head of diaspora desk in Nairobi, translate into reality under TPN numerous efforts which include the healthcare conference hosted by EAHF. She spoke highly of the potential of the diaspora, and encouraged all to partake in the creation of mutually beneficial partnerships with the government, public and private sectors in Kenya.
Kenyatta National Hospital
Dr Evanson Kamuri of Kenyatta hospital gave a very enlightening presentations on the needs of the hospital and the role the diaspora can play. He challenged the perception held by many of the hospital, by giving examples of how he and other medical practioners daily prioritises the mission of saving lives, over the harsh conditions. " If I have a mother with a premature baby in her arms and no more incubators, I will choose to sleep two babies in the incubator, rather than send her away with her baby to die" he said. "Thus we need to build more wards, get more incubators, and many other facilities and I invite you all to visit KNH on your next visit to Kenya, and please help where you can," he added.
Dr Titilola Banjoko of Better Healthcare for Africa, spoke of the organisations efforts to bring all African diaspora communities together, in an effort to help develop and support healthcare systems across Africa. The organisation is reaching out to mainstream UK health and policy making organisations, including being members of the All Parties Parliamentary group.
Role of Community in Healthcare
Mr Velji Vekaria leads a community group with over 35,000 members and he spoke at length of his delight to be involved in TPN. He demonstrated the role of the community in healthcare, and cited the many projects they are doing in Kenya and elsewhere. The community is building a 500 bed highly specialist hospital in Langata; carries dental and eye camps annually treating over 6,000 people free of charge; the community has the largest school for the disabled in Mombasa and also runs many schools. All the money is raised by community during various fundraising drives, and it goes directly to the projects.
Kidney Research Kenya
Dr Wafula of Kidney Research Kenya spoke of the fantastic work being done by the group. Presently they are working with Kings Hospital London in an exchange program for Doctors from Kiambu County to gain new experience. At the same time they are reaching across the globe from China to USA seeking partnerships and good practice. Partnering with Kiambu County, they are in the process of establishing a dialysis Centre.
Veonica Kararwa and Charles Waicuma of Kevin Kararwa Trust, told the story of the late Kevin Kararwa who succumbed to leukemia in 2014, aged only 22. His parting wish to his mother was that a bone marrow register should be established in Kenya and across Africa, so that those with leukaemia could have more chances of finding a match. Charles encouraged people to register on the bone marrow register saying that among black people we have a 3 percent chance of finding a match compared to the white community which has 90 percent chance, and this can be easily fixed by more black people registering.
Dorisilla Adolwa of water births project, presented her work with women and the advantages of water births for both mother and baby. She also spoke at length of her project in Kakamega where she has a school and that works closely with the hospital there.
52nd Jamuhuri Day Celebrations
Some members of the The Diaspora Engagement Team [Tujijenge Pamoja] who graced the occasion hosted by the Kenya /embassy at International Maritime Organisation [IMO]. The view of the Thames and the Big Ben was spectacular.
A great networking event, catching up with old friends while making new ones. Amazing food, company, speech and a very good evening overall.
On November 14th 2015, the second workshop on Diaspora Engagement was hosted at Harecourt, Islington London. supporting partners of the Tujijenge Pamoja Campaign, met together for a day of conversations centred on the individual visions of engagement. The day started with a rapid networking session and ended with a speed dating session [to establish links and commonalities that exist among the partners].
The idea was for the partners to get to know each other and share their ideas and dreams in the many structured conversations which turned out to be robust and self searching. Needless to day the day was fun and productive. The Deputy Kenya High Commissioner Ambassador Lazarus Amayo, Fahima Gibrel - communications and PR and Immigration Attaché Mr Ibrahim Mwajuma joined in the afternoon session.
The Kenyan stall at the recently concluded Annual Commonwealth Countries League Fair, at Kensington Town Hall, London, was colourful and buzzing with life. Mrs Amayo, wife to Ambassador Lazarus Amayo together with Embassy staff worked tirelessly throughout the day on the stall, selling chai na mandazi which were very popular, among many other Kenyan products.
Mary Gatu, CEO of Blissful Inspired Life, lead the Kenyan youth involvement with the Commonwealth Fair. Mary is a supporting and active member of the Diaspora Engagement Initiative and has driven many miles across the UK, to get to where the Kenyans are to enlist their support. Her organisation is youth centred and works closely with the Commonwealth. She is the reason behind the great presence of Kenyan youth at the fair.
Ruth Owino from Bedford, also displayed her products at the Fair. She has produced the Derma Dew cream under her company Dermashack. She has sold her cream to as far as China and Korea, and hopes to soon break into the Kenyan Market. Ruth is a supporting partner of the Tujijenge Pamoja campaign.
Also at the fair was Sophie Gitiba, who went to support the Diaspora Engagement team that was representing Kenya. Sophie is spearheading the Diaspora Engagement and was also involved in supporting Julie Watson the Fair Coordinator in the organising of the stall holders.
The supporting partners of the Tujijenge Pamoja Campaign, met together for a day of conversations centred on the individual visions of engagement. The day started with a rapid networking session and ended with a speed dating session [to establish links and commonalities that exist among the partners].
The idea was for the partners to get to know each other and share their ideas and dreams in the many structured conversations which turned out to be robust and self searching. Needless to day the day was fun and productive. The Deputy Kenya High Commissioner Ambassador Yonga and Immigration Attaché Mr Ibrahim Mwajuma joined in the afternoon session.
Registrations - online, face to face, referrals
Reading Fun Day, Many Kenyan families shared their interest and love of Kenya with the Tujijenge team and got on board as supporting partners.
Events - Information Gathering and Broadcasting
Attended events up and down the country and enlisted many organisations to be partners of the campaign. Above and below at an event in Northolt, Greater London, hosted by the Patel Community
Engagement Forums - Workshops, symposiums, meetings, seminars
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