Foundation of Innovative and New Diagnostics (FIND) gave the JKUAT COHES Research Team the green light to proceed with data collection for the clinical trials study“Utilization of digital tools to enhance COVID-19 and TB testing and linkage to care among Boda Boda riders in the Nairobi metropolis”.
The study which is funded by FIND is a collaborative study between JKUAT COHES Research Team, MOH and the County Governments of Nairobi, Kiambu, Kajiado and Machakos. In order to proceed with the data collection, the JKUAT institution, team and stakeholders in the study were required to undergo an assessment to establish their readiness and compliance to the FIND code of ethics.
The assessment was undertaken by Prof. Mathu Ndung’u the CEO FIND-Kenya. He commended the team for the good preparations and compliance with FINDS regulations, expectations and guidelines governing clinical trials. Prof Mathu Ndung’u paid a courtesy call to JKUATES (local administrators of the study). He noted with appreciation the mechanisms JKUATES has in place to ensure the smooth implementation of the study. He lauded the accounting and oversight procedures that JKUATES has in place to facilitate the successful undertaking of the study.
The JKUAT presentation for assessment was made by Prof. Gideon Kikuvi. Other team members included Prof Simon Karanja, Dr. Reuben Thuo, Prof. Fred Wamunyokoli and Dr. Jane Aduda.
The JKUATES team was led by the Senior General Manager, Erastus Mvuria; Head of Support Services and Logistics, Eric Nguru; Deputy Procurement Manager, Lincoln Chomba; Deputy Finance Manager, Stephen Muange