Nazarbayev University is hosting international seminar on public health for professionals from the African continent

Jul 20, 2015

Nazabayev University will host an international seminar on public health from 20 to 31 July, 2015, for professionals from the African continent. Centre for Life Sciences of the National Laboratory of Astana (Nazarbayev University) will train 23 professionals from seven African countries in areas of epidemiology, biomedicine and public health.

“This is the first time that we are conducting a training seminar for international professionals. Researchers from the Centre for Life Sciences gave lectures, shared knowledge and experience in epidemiology, biomedicine and public health, with new requirements of world healthcare having been taken into consideration,” Zhaksybay Zhumadilov, director of Centre for Life Sciences at National Laboratory of Astana, said.

The participants will then be able to apply their new knowledge and skills in their countries. In particular, they will learn methods of conducting research in epidemiology and biomedicine. The event is taking place in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kazakhstan and as part of project “Support to Kazakhstan to deliver development assistance to countries in Africa, Oceania, and the Caribbean through capacity building trainings to young professionals”.

“The United Nations Development Programme has a field presence in each of the African countries and we recently have been working towards sustainable development goals within which we are very much highlighting the importance of South-South cooperation, partnership and knowledge exchange. So UNDP’s position is not that North-South development will drive the future and sustainable development, but it is really the exchange and cooperation between the different countries of east, south, south-south, developing and developed nations,” Munkhtuya Altangerel, Deputy Resident Representative  of UNDP Kazakhstan said.  

The goal of the seminar is to acquire system-based theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in epidemiology, biomedicine and public health. The seminar contains a course of lectures and workshops delivered by leading professors and PhD holders of a private facility National Laboratory Astana at Nazarbayev University.

Participant Michael Nyamuranga works in the Ministry of Health of Zimbabwe. For him the seminar is an opportunity to see how public health system operates in Kazakhstan.

“As you know in Africa there are some infectious diseases, they are a problem. I hope that this training is going to help tackle those things, especially working in resource-limited settings,” he said.

Representatives of Kazakhstan’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, UNDP Kazakhstan, students of Botswana, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zimbabwe took part in the seminar’s opening ceremony. 

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