Whatsapp re-unites UoN's first largest female medicine students

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Tue, 02/09/2016 - 11:53
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College of Health Sciences

A participant makes a presentation during the medical students' re-union.

It was a day to remember for University of Nairobi’s first ever and largest 26 female doctors who graduated in early 80’s from the then male dominant School of Medicine.

The doctors held a re-union on 4th February, 2016 at the College of Health Sciences to celebrate and look back on 40 years as women medical doctors in training and practice.

They took time to share their experiences, reflect on what it takes to be a successful doctor, learning from their experiences in leadership, being mums and care providers in the midst of their careers, and how a young medic prepares for the future.

They were the first large batch of girls to be admitted to undertake the MBCHB program at UoN in 1976. This was over the 10th year of the University of Nairobi, School of Medicine, and just over 10 years after Kenya became an independent state.

The class had 26 girls in a class of just over 100. After a whirlwind 5 year of studying and care-free fun as young adults, they graduated in 1981 and then went onto various pathways. Over the past year this group of women have reconnected on ‘Whatsapp’ and were amazed and even overwhelmed by the achievements of each of them.

Some of the key presenters during the workshop were as follows:

•        Ambassador Dr. Konji Sebati – Long carrier in Pfizer Pharmaceuticals after which she was nominted by her government as an ambassador to represent Republic of South Africa to the World Trade Organisation.

•        Dr. Nonkosi Ntlale – Obstetrician Gynaecologist who was nominated by her government to lead the development of a medical school in Lesotho.

•        Prof. Alice Mutungi – Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Deputy, VC A&F and former Dean School of Medicine – Methodist University.

•         Dr. Jane Muita – Pediatrician and Public health specialist, Deputy Country Representative, UNICEF, Zimbabwe.

•        Dr. Santau Migiro – Paediatrician and Senior Policy advisor with Kenya Ministry of Health.

•        Dr. Florence Warambo – Paediatrician in the private sector in the USA & Dr. Ingrid.

•        Strelau Orinda – Radiologist in private practice in USA.

•        Dr. Irene Ochieng and Dr. Annastasia Ngumuta – Internists in Kenya.

•        Dr. Beatrice Kilonzo – Research Scientist

•        Dr. Monica Olewe – General Practitioner

•        Prof. Rose Kamenwa – Paediatric Gastroenterologist who pioneered paediatric gastro-enterology services in Kenya.

•        Dr. Jesca Wambani – Paediatric Radiologist, consultant Kenyatta National Hospital.

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