KENYA – The Kenyatta University Teaching Research and Referral Hospital (KUTTRH), Kenya’s leading National Referral Hospital, has partnered with Vita Salute San Raffaele University and GKSD Healthcare Management to improve the quality of healthcare services for all Kenyans.

KUTRRH Board chairperson Prof. Olive Mugenda and Acting CEO Dr. Ruth Irumbi signed the agreement on behalf of the hospital while Vita Salute San Raffaele University President Dr Paolo Rotelli and Dr. Francesco Galli, the Vice President of GKSD Healthcare Management signed on behalf of the Italian firms respectively.

The partnership between Kenyatta University, Teaching, Referral & Research Hospital and the two Italian institutions will facilitate co-operation in the field of health care, research as well as human resource development and exchange.

The partnership will bolster cooperation in the fields of cardio-thoracic, cardiovascular disease, Heart disease and heart surgery for adults and children, Arrhythmology and Electrophysiology and interventional cardiology.

Other areas highlighted under the medical and surgical specialties cooperation include cancer care, medical oncology, surgery, radiotherapy, immunology, general medicine and prevention, rehabilitation, nuclear medicine, genetics, hematology, nuclear medicine and renal care.

The three institutions seek to further collaborate in the inauguration of new excellence centers within Kenya in the areas of medical and surgical specialties with the parties required to define the targeted facility and clinical or surgical specialty and detailed development plans in specialized agreements.

The agreement between Kenya’s leading National Referral Hospital and the two institutions also covers education, training and knowledge transfer, telemedicine and e-services, academic and scientific international exchange along with students exchange programmes.

In addition, the healthcare collaboration will elevate health services offered to patients at KUTTRH to the highest possible standards in line with ongoing efforts by the government to reform the health sector and related outcomes.

Moreover, inter-governmental partnerships are necessary as they help improve standards since any other areas of interest agreed upon by the parties could be added in future to strengthen the collaboration for better health outcomes.

Kenyatta University Teaching, Research and Referral Hospital, Kisii University, United Kingdom Institutions of Christie Foundation and the University of Manchester also recently entered into a partnership deal to upskill cancer treatment specialists.

Additionally, The University of Manchester and The Christie Foundation will further support capacity building especially for clinical services and PET/CT scan in order to detect early signs of cancer, heart disease and brain disorders.

The Kenyatta University Teaching Research and Referral Hospital is crucial in ongoing efforts to comprehensively deal with the cancer menace as research findings will help better understand the types of cancers prevalent in Kenya and the region together with how best to manage them.

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