Written by Ekran Rashid

Contributor: Carrie Noxon

This quarter, the NEST Kenya team led biomedical training at Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya. Biomedical training focuses on providing biomedical engineers and technicians with skills in proper repair and maintenance of NEST technologies during planned preventive and corrective maintenance.

Having trained biomedical personnel available ensures sustainability with regards to maintenance of the NEST360 qualified technologies and knowledge transfer through mentorship and on-job training during both corrective and scheduled maintenance at the facilities and skills labs.

During the training session, Biomedical Engineers and technicians (BMET) also participated in Training of Trainers (TOT) and skills handover training. In skills handover training, the  BMETs to learned to become mentors and facilitators for BMET providers courses. In learning to train others, these courses have created a pool of qualified biomedical personnel who will support future training on NEST technologies in Kenya.

Kenyatta Participants
Innovation partnerships | Olusola Oke, University of Ibadan

Innovation partnerships | Olusola Oke, University of Ibadan

Olusola Oke is a NEST360 Invention Education team member and the Design Studio Assistant Manager at the University of Ibadan (UI) in Nigeria. Mr. Oke visited the United States in October 2022 as part of a bidirectional exchange program to meet his colleagues at Rice360 Institute for Global Health Technologies (Rice360) and NEST360. While in the United States, Mr. Oke shared his insights on fostering innovation capacity through the UI design studio, presenting at conferences in San Antonio, Texas, and Seattle, Washington, and providing a guest lecture at Rice University. He shared the following reflections after his engagement in the bidirectional exchange program.