Ustawi Biomedical Research Innovation and Industrial Centers of Africa, Inc., (UBRICA) announced September 19, 2015, that Virginia Warura Njoroge, RN, MS, CNML will oversee the design, development and implementation of its retail clinical centers (RCCs) in Kenya. UBRICA proposes to roll-out the RCCS in the first quarter of 2016 in a franchise model being developed by teams of experts at the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT), and the Center for Health Systems and Design (CHSD).
The CHOT, a multi-university organization headquartered at
the School of Public Health in the Texas A&M University’s Health Science
Center, is advising UBRICA on the strategic aspects of rolling out the
franchise in Kenya. Bita Kash, PhD, and
Frederick Nafukho, PhD, are working closely as co-principle investigators of
the strategic design of the RCCs
The CHSD, a multi-university, multidisciplinary health care design center headquartered at Texas A&M University’s College of Architecture, is advising on the design of the RCC units.
Each RCC unit will comprise a retail space for grocery and convenience shopping, a clinical space, a patient education space, a pharmacy space, and a clinical laboratory space. Prof. George G Mann, AIA, and Zhipeng Lu, PhD are leading the design of the RCC units.
“The idea of a retail clinic that can be distributed to the entire country will give access to good quality health care topeople who otherwise would never have access to care,” said Ms. Njoroge. She added, that it was a great “honor to lead this noble effort that has a sure chance to transform health care landscape in Kenya.”