WHO Representative Visits AMREF Headquarters

02 August 2010



The new World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative to Kenya, Dr Abdoulie D Jack, led a delegation from his office on a visit to AMREF Headquarters on Thursday July 29, 2010. The WHO team was received by AMREF Director General Dr Teguest Guerma and taken on a tour of the AMREF International Training Centre and Headquarters.
In talks after the tour, Dr Guerma emphasised that it was important for AMREF and the WHO to continue exploring linkages and potential areas of collaboration.

“AMREF and WHO have a key role to play to ensure that every African can enjoy the right to good health,” she said. “AMREF recognises that health service delivery is in the hands of governments. As the first African public health NGO, our role is to work in communities to create knowledge and demand for health services, and to form a vital bridge between communities, health facilities and the policy level.”
Dr Jack, who has only been the Kenya Representative for two months, indicated that AMREF was the first NGO he was visiting in his official capacity in the country.

“First, AMREF is a credible organisation, not just with the WHO but amongst all organisations promoting access to health services for communities,” he said. ”You serve as an essential link between policy and access at the community level. Your role is very essential.”
“On a more personal level,” he added, “AMREF for me is a continuation of a link. Dr Guerma was my colleague in Botswana and the late Dr Chris Wood, the AMREF pioneer, was my professor in Community Health. I actually visited AMREF in 1974 and the growth that I have witnessed today is remarkable.”

The two organisations discussed areas of further collaboration, including research and publishing to influence the global health agenda, increasing use of AMREF’s renowned capacity for the training of health workers, and showcasing AMREF successes at WHO regional and global meetings.
Dr Jack was accompanied by Dr Joyce Onsongo, the Disease Prevention and Control Officer, Dr Christine Kisia, the Health Promotion Officer and Dr Joyce Nato, the National Officer in charge of Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Disease, Mental Health and Tobacco Control.
Dr Florence Muli-Musiime, Deputy Director General; Dr Peter Ngatia, Director of Capacity Building; Dr Jane Carter, Director of Clinical and Diagnostics Programme, Dr Festus Ilako, Deputy Country Director – AMREF in Kenya; and Bob Kioko, Director of Communications, represented AMREF.

Author/Source: AMREF

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