The chief guest, Mrs. Zeinab Hussein (in grey) observing some parts of the prototype medical examination lamp with Dr. Vjoo Rattansi (on her right) and Prof. Peter Mbithi. Exhibition of medical equipment took place at the Fab Lab innovation laboratory.
Maker Movement has officially been launched. The movement was created to address developing countries’ healthcare gaps due to inadequate health facilities and limited access to basic functioning medical equipment. Aware that medical equipment are expensive, largely imported and hard to maintain, the movement offers solutions towards obtaining other alternatives via innovations of life saving equipment. Among its key objectives is to help Kenya in reducing preventable maternal and newborn mortality rates through innovation of locally affordable medical equipment.
Speaking during the launching ceremony, the chief guest and Permanent Secretary-Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Mrs. Zeinab W. Hussein, lauded the University of Nairobi for its great achievements in leadership as an institution that nurtures research and innovation. Being the foremost institution of higher learning in the region, she challenged researchers and students to maintain leadership in innovations that are cross-disciplinary and multi-sectored.
“The University of Nairobi is a leader in the region and should continue creating graduates for the African job market”. She affirmed.
The Chancellor, Dr. Vjoo Rattansi, referred to the movement as one that will enrich the University’s innovation ecosystem and contribute to national development at all levels.
On his part, Prof. Peter Mbithi, the Vice-Chancellor, described the Maker Movement as one of the chief realities of the modern times. Besides acknowledging that innovation is a key pillar of leadership at the University, he assured that it goes beyond creating medical solutions.
Concern Worldwide and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are some of the key sponsors of The Maker Movement. The movement provides innovations for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
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