Field study and testing of viable herbal remedies
INFORMATION LINE: THIN/INFO: - 2009-01-16
TITLE: HEALTH AND DISEASE IN KENYAN VILLAGES.
Contracts in Epidemiology
Planning for health services and facilities in an underdeveloped country like Kenya is frequently made difficult by paucity of information concerning health and disease in many parts of the country, particularly when information as to social and cultural developments and disease prevalence is almost completely lacking. There is great and urgent need to begin to develop ingenious strategies and methods of sampling village populations in the more remote regions of the country, which represent different ecological systems.
The studies would be carried out by an unusually multidisciplinary group of scientists and technologists from different institutions and parts of the world; working closely with the communities, the Ministry of health and relevant NGOs. The major disciplines represented would be epidemiology, public health nursing and laboratory science. THIN is in a better position to be a lead organization.
Working together as a team, we will develop methods of study that provide remarkably complete picture of village life, as well as living conditions and of the prevalence of disease, particularly infectious diseases and nutritional disorders.
In order to carry out the studies, major logistical, technical and financial mobilization have to be addressed. The study plans and the logistics of carrying out extensive clinical observations and laboratory studies require Partnerships and Networking- as well as a great deal of imagination, perseverance, and understanding of the conditions under which we would have to work, and extensively pretesting.
Solving many of these problems has in itself added materials to our knowledge of survey techniques, under survey conditions. The results of the studies are of great epidemiological interest, and are of practical value to the Ministry of health, the Region and the World at large. The studies also represent an example of fruitful collaboration between the visiting scientists, scientists working in Kenya, health Practitioners, Researchers, Development Agencies, Pharmaceutical manufacturers in various parts of the world.
Another important development from the studies will be in understanding the improved methods of data collection and processing appropriate for future studies in developed countries. Experience gained from the studies will contribute greatly to further studies of this type in other parts of Africa and the World. The Board of Directors of THIN asks the international scientific and donor community public and private organizations to step a head to support this novel initiative.
DR. ANDREW CHAPYA