Published On: March 20, 2023|Categories: News|By |

Last week, we hosted 54 healthcare professionals and students for the Behavioral Communication Strategies for Global Epidemics Programme (BCSE), a programme offered by the New York University School of Global Public Health in partnership with UNICEF and Strathmore University Business School (SBS).

The Programme focused on the challenges currently facing the East and Southern Africa region, including, but not limited to those related to the current cholera and ebola outbreaks, drought, and the COVID-19. Ultimately, the Programme aims to co-create science-driven, human rights-focused, and country-specific strategies that are grounded in empirical evidence and the collective experience in the room while building Social and Behavior Change (SBC) and related competencies in participants.

This year’s Programme brought together participants from Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Malawi, Mozambique, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States of America (USA).

In a bid to further understand the dynamics and challenges of the healthcare environment and system in Kenya, the participants visited Huruma Lions Health Centre in Mathare district where they had the opportunity to develop a systems map for cholera with the help of community healthcare volunteers. The systems map enhanced their understanding of the causes of cholera in the area and some of the mitigation measures undertaken by the CHVs to avert the spread of cholera.

By Juliet Hinga