Training For Caregivers at Karatina University

As part of the extended outreach activities, Karatina University in partnership with the Aga Khan University and Teaching Hospital engaged on a one-day training workshop for community caregivers at the Main Campus on Friday, 6th April 2018. This initiative was part of the wider agenda of collaboration with the Aga Khan Hospital on provision of accessible health care to the underprivileged members of the society and especially those battling terminal illnesses in the community. The "Carry Your Candle Initiative" established by Karatina University has been pivotal in reaching out to ailing members of the society especially in hospices across the region.

An interactive Training Session from a section of participants

Noting that the community has caregivers who provide volunteer care and that majority of them have rudimental knowledge in patient care and management, Karatina University and Aga Khan Hospital identified 110 caregivers within Nyeri County. They were mapped from all the eight sub-counties of Nyeri in consultation with the Director of Medical Services in the County Government of Nyeri.

The team of 11 medical staff from Aga Khan Hospital  was led by Dr. John Weru, a Palliative Care Specialist and Consultant at the hospital. The following topics were discussed at the workshop: Experiences and Challenges in Care-Giving; Overview of Palliative Care; Symptoms Management; Nutrition in Palliative Care; Lived Experiences; Basic Concepts of Communication and Counselling; Spirituality in Relation to Health and Illness and End of Life Issues

Prof. P.Aloo- Obudho, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (ARSA) congratulates a participant upon receiving her certificate of participation. Looking on is Dr. John Weru from Aga Khan University

The training was very interactive with the participants sharing moving experiences. They particularly thanked Karatina University for providing such a rare opportunity to have them trained in this field, and attested that they had been equipped with essential skills that would enable them provide better care for their patients. At the end of the training, all trainees were awarded with certificates of participation. The team committed to escalate the training initiative to all the counties within the Mt. Kenya region and even beyond.

An interactive Training Session from a section of participants

Karatina University 5th Annual Career Week

Karatina University hosted the 5th Annual Career Week from Wednesday 7th March to Friday 9th March 2018. Career Week is one of the annual events in Karatina University’s almanac under the theme: ‘Enhancing Entrepreneurship and Innovation through Diversity for Career Development’. 

A series of activities were lined up in the three-day forum starting with mentorship talks for the Fourth year students on soft skills that will give them an edge as they explore the world after their university life. 

Prof. P. Aloo-Obudho, the Deputy Vice Chancellor(ARSA) addresses the audience during the Career Week 2018

The Chief Guest during 2018 Annual Career Week was Prof. P.L.O Lumumba, the Director, Kenya School of Law. In his speech, Prof. P.L.O Lumumba urged the students to appreciate the women, bearing that the day was 8th March which is commemorated as the International Day for the Women. He recognized that the youth constitute over 70% of the Africa’s population hence a great force to reckon with in all spheres of life and therefore African countries and Kenya in particular should strive to improve the lives of the young people. Noting that our forefathers like Kwame Nkuruma and Jomo Kenyatta had great vision for their people and nationalism, he urged students in Kenya’s universities to avoid the traps of tribalism through forming tribal/county alliances but should have professional associations such as the ‘The Economics Society’ and ‘The Sociology Society of Karatina University’. Participants were also encouraged to celebrate their diversities and cultures for national cohesion.

The Karatina University students were challenged to harness their potentials through exploiting existing technologies that focus on aspirational visions like SDG’s and Africa Agenda 2063 and Vision 2030. Universities should be incubators for change generations and in this regard appreciated that Karatina University has fronted for an innovation culture coupled with entrepreneurial spirit among her students. 

The Chief Guest Prof P.L.O Lumumba addresses the students

 During the same week, there was mentorship talks from other guests such as Ms Mary Muthoni from the Kenya National Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Two state institutions, HELB and KUCCPS also that provided guidance to students. Over 300 students from local secondary schools attended and had then opportunity to be mentored by Dr. Joseph Maitaria, HoD Languages, Karatina University on Kiswahili literature among others.  

A section of the students keenly following the talks

During the official opening talks, Prof. P. Aloo-Obudho, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics, Research and Students Affairs) underscored that the Career Week in the University has continued to provide a forum for life skills to our students. The fact that many students have gained tremendous skills from the Career Week is a testimony that the University is focused on the welfare of the students. She added that Karatina University is committed to the mentorship of students as part of the fulfilment of our motto which is Inspiring Innovation and Leadership.

Free Medical Camp Between Karatina University And Karen Hospital

Karatina University in partnership with Karen Hospital, Nairobi, organized a free medical camp on Saturday, 16th December, 2017 at the Main Campus for the residents of Mathira East and Mathira West Sub-Counties. Five senior nurses from Karen Hospital, two clinicians and eight nutritionists led by Dr. Stanley Wahome of Karen Hospital came with medical supplies to offer free medication to the patients. Twelve nurses from KMTC, Nyeri and the University’s medical staff also teamed with the group to offer the services.

A total number of 380 patients were treated and given free medication. The patients were ferried to the venue by University buses from all major shopping centres in the sub-counties. There was a lot of excitement from the members of public as they alighted from the Karatina University buses, some coming to the University for the first time. The patients were also ferried back home after treatment. The camp started off with a health talk by the Karen Hospital staff on different types of cancer, their preventive measures and possible treatments. Dr. Wahome, on behalf of Karen Hospital, conveyed greetings from the CEO, Dr. Betty Gikonyo. He indicated that Dr. Gikonyo is very much committed to partnering with Karatina University in helping to promote healthy living among the residents of Nyeri County. Some of the medical checks provided included blood pressure, blood sugar, BMI, and other general examinations. Patients who required referrals and were assisted accordingly.

The medical camp was officially opened by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (ARSA), Prof. P. Aloo-Obudho who welcomed the members of public on behalf of the Vice Chancellor. She noted that is the exercise was part of the University’s social corporate responsibility to the surrounding communities. The uniqueness of the camp is that local community leaders were involved in the planning process especially to assist in mobilizing members of the public. She encouraged the members of the community to access the quality services especially in provision of university education.

The community leaders appreciated Karatina University for her concerns to the welfare of the local people and committed to support the University in all its endeavours. The university will strive to enahance community outreach activities to remain relevant to the people within its surrounding and beyond.

Karatina University Fourth Years’ Mentorship Seminar

Karatina University held its 2nd Fourth Years’ Mentorship Seminar on 6th March, 2018. The Seminar took place at the Conference Hall in Karatina University, Main Campus, Kagochi. The mentorship committee invited 5 guest speakers who presented various topics that would prepare Karatina University Fourth year students for the job market once they graduate. It was opened by Prof. P. Aloo-Obudho, DVC (ARSA) on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Karatina University. The topics that were presented included; 

  1. Personal Branding and Positioning of the 21st Century Graduate by Prof. Juliet Macharia- Karatina University
  2. Entrepreneurship and Self Employment: The Way to go for Youth in Kenya by Mr. Philip Nyamwaya, MD, iPay Limited
  3. Interview and Networking Skills by Dr. Lilian Apadet Osamong’, Moi University
  4. Resume and Cover Letter Writing by Ms. Judith Ndunge Mang’eng’e, Group Human Resource Manager, Jacaranda Hotels
  5. Business Simulation by Mr. John Kanyakiri, Council Member, Karatina University

The Seminar was attended by approximately 200 students from various academic programmes. The climax of the seminar was the business simulation practical which allowed 30 participants to demonstrate their entrepreneurship skills. The participants were allowed to own a virtual business and trade amongst themselves. The virtual entrepreneurs will share their experience with their fellow students at departmental level.

The feedback from the participants was that, it was a good idea, educational, informative, creative and impactful. The participants also appreciated the blend of the guest speakers, that is, Karatina University staff and practitioners. The participants strongly recommended that the next seminar should have 1 or 2 Karatina University graduate (s) to share their job interview experience. The guest speakers were thrilled by how the participants were inquisitive and their keenness to details.

Karatina University 5th Graduation Ceremony

 

The Karatina University 5th Graduation Ceremony was held on 1st December, 2017 at the Main Campus. The University has witnessed a gradual growth of graduands from one Hundred and twenty three (123) students in the year 2011 to one thousand five hundred and seventy seven (1,577) students graduated

The event was marked with pomp and colour as the Chancellor and Academic processions were led by Kiganjo Police Band. The Graduands also had an opportunity to be entertained by a local traditional group of dancers famed for the ‘Mwomboko’ dance and Karatina University choir had an outstanding performance.

The University was honored to receive more than two thousand guests invited by both the Students and the University Management. Notably, the University was commended for a very disciplined group of graduands who sat all through the ceremony without any interference. The ceremony was also noted to have started on time and ended as planned.

On behalf of Karatina University Council, Management and staff I wish to appreciate all those who made the day a success. Congratulations too to all Karatina University 2017 Graduates!!!!!

Karatina University Contacts

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Tel: (+254) 20 2176 713/ Mob: (+254) 729 721 200

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