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KIU organizes an International Research Dissemination and Innovation Conference

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Kampala International University Western Campus (KIU-WC) has organized a 3-day Research Dissemination and Innovation Conference (KRIC 2019).

The conference dabbed-  Multi-Sectoral Collaboration Towards The Prevention And Management Of Non-Communicable Diseases, is slated to become an annual event aimed at growing and strengthening a research and innovation culture among all students and staff at KIU Western Campus and other universities in the country.

Over time, students have been involved in scientific research and innovation on various local and international platforms. However, only a few students have been able to share their innovations on these platforms owing to lack of enough publicity and access to the media.

The key note speakers for the event will be Prof. Andre Renzaho of Western Sydney University, Australia, Dr. Gerald Mutungi; Commissioner Non-Communicable Diseases Uganda, and Prof. Fred Wabwire Mangen of the College of Health Health Sciences, Makerere University. Also, gracing the occasion are delegates from the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation, Uganda, among other notable academic personalities.

KIU Administration at the Western Campus- Ishaka, Bushenyi. FILE PHOTO

Innovations at KIU-WC

So far, two outstanding innovations by University students have been shared extensively with the science community.

The Petograph App

This is an application and software that can be used by health practitioners to improve diagnosis, management and follow up of pregnant mothers with pre-eclampsia. The innovation Abubakar Suleiman Tsamiya, a medical student,  is acting as a tool for integrated management of Pre-eclampsia. The tool is now marketed as the Pre-Eclalmptic TOxaemia GRAPH-Petograph, a mobile and desktop application that can be used to determine whether an expectant mother is at risk of pre-eclampsia. (Health experts believe that pre-eclampsia is the leading cause of death among mothers in Uganda following haemorrhage.)

A mobile view of the Petrograph App innovated by KIU students.

With the help of a portable hand wrist blood pressure machine, pregnant women can measure their blood pressure and enter their results into the Petograph application on their mobile phones or desktops.  After less than three seconds, results appear on a popup screen.

The HDA App

 This innovation is an offline application that helps patients to verify drugs, medical personnel and health centres.

Aside the huge strides made by these two innovators, a number of other students have not been given the opportunity to share their research or innovations. The KRIC initiative, as it will go a long way to showcase our home-grown innovations locally and internationally.

Africa has previously been challenged by infectious diseases; however, the continent is now currently facing a new challenge of non-communicable diseases. In Uganda for example, according to the 2018 WHO report on non-communicable diseases, a death rate of 33% was accounted for due to the prevalence of non-communicable diseases. Consequently, there is an urgent need for Africa to start addressing this challenge and develop interventions towards these diseases that are suitable for resource limited settings.

The KRIC-2019, will seek to avail a multidisciplinary platform for knowledge dissemination on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) to around 20,000 students in various universities within and outside Uganda.

Medical students in class at KIU WC. FILE PHOTO

The event scheduled to take place from 11th to 13th September 2019, at New Biomedical Block, 3rd Floor, KIU Western Campus in Ishaka-Bushenyi, will provide a platform for young researchers to share the outputs of their research, stimulate young scientist to develop new interventions to manage non-communicable diseases, and avails local medical students opportunities in development and progressive education in research and innovations through the launching of the KIU-WC Innovation’s Hub.

Other objectives of the conference are to create an awareness on non-communicable diseases that will in turn promote healthy lifestyles that are essential towards the fight against these diseases.

According to the University’s press release, it is highlighted that the KRIC 2019 will increase the investment in research and development through public funding and encouraging the investments of the business sector in research and innovation in non-communicable diseases. It will also advocate for the inclusion of health promotion and public health approaches to the global burden of non-communicable diseases in health science school curricula.

The conference will be packed with Pre, Main, and Post Conference activities that will challenge the thinking of all participants as well as enable them explore the heights. Side attractions like KRIC Run, Hub of Science Tour, Game Drive, among others, have been enshrined in the programme to make the event rewarding and memorable.

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Noah Omuya

Noah Omuya is the founder and CEO of Aica Communications LTD, a Company that currently runs an online news publication (www.aica.co.ug) with a plan of beginning to print Magazines and a newspaper in Ateso language in 2020. He is a Media challenge Fellow- class of 2019 and he has specialized training in writing, strategic and multimedia communication, mainstream and online journalism from the Media challenge fellowship and Kampala International University, where he pursued his Bachelors of Mass Communication. At the age of 18, Omuya was a train-on-job employee with Joshua 93.5 FM where he acquired a three years’ demonstrable experience in broadcast media, content development, public relations and, marketing and promotions strategies for private businesses, public entities and non-profit organizations, as well as engaging with traditional media. He scooped a Media Challenge award for the best feature essay writer of the year 2018. He was also first runner up for the refugee broadcast story of the year, and second runner up for radio feature story teller. The Media Challenge Award qualified him to be part of the Media Challenge Fellowship, where he has got intensive training in solutions journalism, political reporting, investigative reporting, youth participatory radio, multimedia journalism, and data journalism. At the fellowship, he has been trained by international celebrated journalists from BBC, CNN, Reuters, AFP, NBS Tv, UBC Tv, NTV, New Vision, Daily Monitor among other recognized institutes. He also has hands-on experience in research, in different private organizations in Uganda; experience in media relations with regular assignments in field reporting, marketing and public relations.

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