Sep 10,2012

… to comprehend and interpret basic epidemiological and biostatistics concepts used in scientific medical literature

“We need courses such as this training to empower us with the capacity to present evidence of best practice in order to have better impact on the health of the population”.

This was stated by one of the participants of a course offered by the Program for Continuous Education of Community Health Department (CHD), Aga Khan Health Service, Kenya .

The course on “Basic Epidemiology and Biostatistics” was offered from Tuesday Aug 21st to Saturday Aug 25th 2012 at a local beach hotel in Mombasa .

The purpose of the course was to comprehend and interpret basic epidemiological and biostatistics concepts and terms commonly used in scientific medical literature and develop and strengthen basic knowledge which enables them to promote their learning and skills required for advanced learning in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

The participants of the course were attending from different health sectors such as government, both urban and rural, provincial and district health officers, health manager from private hospital in Mombasa , and health managers from Aga Khan School of Nursing.

It was also attended by two health managers from Aga Khan health project in Tanzania “Joining Hands Initiative”.

The course was developed and facilitated by the faculty members from University of Alberta , Canada and members of CHD, Mombasa .

The course was designed with a purpose to allow knowledge gaining and sharing through morning classroom sessions, and facilitated afternoon group work sessions utilized to practice the knowledge gained using specially prepared case studies and data.

This element of practical demonstration was well received by the participants.

CHD will continue to offer such courses in future due to positive feedback from participants.

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Sep 10,2012

Ireland has won the Aga Khan trophy at the Dublin Horse Show for the first time in eight years.

Large crowds turned up at the RDS this afternoon for the annual FEI Nations Cup which is the showcase event of the five-day festival.

Ireland’s team, made up of showjumpers Cian O’Connor, Darragh Kerins, Richie Moloney and Clem McMahon, beat off strong challenges from France and Britain to win the trophy.

Eight nations took part in the competition which had not been won by Ireland since 2004. The competition also doubled as the last round in the 2012 FEI Nations’ Cup Superleague.

Ireland’s winning performance was vital to lift the team out of the relegation zone for next year.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny this evening congratulated the Irish team on their success.

“This is a fantastic performance by the Irish team, in winning their first Aga Khan since 2004. Cian O’Connor, Darragh Kerins, Richie Moloney and Clem McMahon’s win in front of a home crowd at the RDS shows the strength of Irish showjumping,” he said.

Following on from Cian O’Connor’s Olympic Bronze medal, the medals won by our Olympic boxers, and Rory McIlroy’s win in the US PGA, it’s been an extraordinary few weeks for Irish sport,” he added.

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Jul 26,2012

His Highness the Aga Khan together with the Secretary General of the East African Community ambassador Richard Sezibera have together signed an agreement meant foster and expand the economic, social and cultural development in the East African region. The founder of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) met the ambassador at EAC headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania last week to lay down foundation and formulate possible strategies on the way forward for East Africa. The agreement signed upon is expected to nature long-term benefits to the East African people in terms of accelerating economic development.

The East African Community partner states shall now work hand in hand in building the region with the assistance of AKDN. The joint effort shall among many objectives focus on developing and modernizing Arusha in Tanzania to give it a new outlook in terms of governance, intellectual exchange and economic development. The religious and ethnic diversity are among the agendas stipulated in the agreement where emphasis has been placed on the importance of building a prosperous society. “This partnership reflects the vision articulated in the first EAC Development Strategy in 1997,” said Mr. Sezibera while specifying EAC’s commitment in enhancing economic developments in the region. He also gave an emphasis on the core mandate of the East African Community of fostering the agreements aimed at boosting both regional and international cooperation with its development partners.


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