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Research News / Updates

New Articles published

IHSU has published several new articles. Check them out here Read More

Adolescent Health Project Report

Check out the report on promoting adolescent health through church-based sports. Read More

Updated REC procedures

Our Research Ethics Committee procedures have been updated. Visit page for more details Read More
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Research Focus Areas

  • Public Health Research
  • Health Systems Strengthening
  • Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • Population ageing

The goal of Public Health Research is to build evidence and knowledge that supports policy and leadership decision-making in the promotion of health care equity, quality and accessibility.  The necessity for low income countries to manage health disparities while empowering individuals to manage the social determinants of health underscores the need for this undertaking.

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Research related to health systems strengthening is one of the top priorities for the university and is geared towards addressing some of the leading health systems and workforce challenges in the nation and beyond.  The country’s need to effectively respond to the changing landscape and increasing complexity in health care, remains dependent on the quality of its health system in terms of its workforce, information system, availability of health services,  and most importantly the quality of leadership. 

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The University places emphasis on the following research clusters;

  • Innovations in Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing-There is a strong global movement on the need to tackle the problem of anti-microbial resistance in sub Saharan Africa and beyond. With an increasing burden of communicable and drug-resistance diseases, lack of routine drug sensitivity testing and surveillance would imply that antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs are not rationally used.  In this case, research with a focus on genetic relatedness to bacterial resistance is a priority area for IHSU.  Robust evidence is needed to inform the:
    • Appropriate modification of antibiotics
    • Development of bacteriophages substituting antibiotics
  • Other areas of interest include; Cancer etiology and Tuberculosis point of care testing technology

Developing countries have made significant strides in improving life expectancy at birth and this has been attributed to the low mortality and decreasing fertility rates. Although countries are able to witness an increasing proportion of their population celebrating their 60th birthday, there is an increased concern on the country's preparedness in terms of health and social care aspects, which should be supported by appropriate health systems, infrastructure and policies. IHSU seeks to answer relevant questions on population ageing using the life-course approach on the following aspects:

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  • International Field Experience Program

    Providing a lifetime experiential learning opportunity

    The program provides an opportunity for students to work with local communities, volunteer on different projects and develop new skills and experience real life health dynamics in resource constrained settings.

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The International Health Sciences University offers a great opportunity for students to gain workplace skills through our volunteership program. Though the placements are normally short term, a student will appreciate the wealth of knowledge and practical experience that comes with the program. The University offers volunteering opportunities mainly in the areas of public health, community work, maternal and child health projects and research-related activities. This is one opportunity to gaining work experience and honing your problem solving skills. Above all, IHSU has used volunteering as a fundamental tool for creating change and contributing to the health outcomes of the country.

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