Scientist wins Sh8.5 million Canadian research grant

Written By Michael Maunda on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 | 1:25 AM

Scientist wins Sh8.5 million Canadian research grant
Kenyan scientist, Dr Evelyn Gitau was honoured with the sizeable ‘Stars in Global Health’ grant award, which aims to aid disease treatment in the country.

The Standard reports the post-doctoral Kemri-Wellcome Trust Research Programme scientist received the Sh8.5 million ($ 100,000) grant, which seeks to bring about great reforms in the health sector.
Gitau’s chief focus was that of malnourished children and preventing deaths linked to often-untreated infections among the impoverished youth.

The Standard quotes a section from her mission statement, “Efforts have to be made to effectively reduce mortality in severely malnourished children who die despite successful nutritional rehabilitation and treatment in hospital. A diagnostic method that can quickly identify these children as well as identify mechanisms that could inform alternative clinical management is urgently needed”.