Alleviate Population Suffering from Preventable Diseases

5th International Conference of Global Network for public Health Nursing 2019

Tuesday May 14- Thursday May 16, 2019… For the first time ever, the International Conference of Global Network for Public Health Nursing has been held in Africa. The University of Nairobi and the Ministry of health co-hosted the conference which has seen over 400 delegates from 75 countries gathered at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi.

This is the 5th Conference since the Network was formed. The Network believes that high standards of education, research, leadership and practice for public health practitioners, are essential for equity and equality in public health nursing practice. This sharing of knowledge across the world has been the driving force of the four previous International Public Health Nursing conferences that have taken place every 2-3 years.

 While delivering her Keynote speech, First Lady of Kenya, Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta echoed the importance of the theme, ‘Public Health Nurses Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 3- Good Health and Well-being’. She emphasized on the timeliness and relevance, “the theme is most relevant to us and resonates with my efforts to ensuring maternal and infant optimal health and well-being in the midst of the challenges we navigate through in a dynamic global health care system.”

Her Excellency challenged the participants to solve the challenges being faced globally in the Health sector,” We cannot afford to wait for the populations to be admitted and spend their economic development time in the hospital. We have to manage our populations and improve their quality of life within the community where they live. We have also to avert our populations from suffering from preventable diseases. We need to resolve this by the end of the conference; for this is the foundation of the theme of this conference “SDG 3 –Good health and well-being”

On his part, CS Education, Prof. George Magoha reiterated that, ‘Perhaps the nurse is the one with the answer to Universal Health Coverage. We need to glorify our nurses.” Prof. Magoha committed to working with the Ministry of Health in ensuring that nurses study and work in Kenya, empower the nurses and increase their numbers.

CS Health, MS Sicily Kariuki appreciated the roles nurses play in public health and re-emphasized the importance of public health in global health.


Prof. Peter Mbithi, UoN Vice Chancellor, welcomed the participants of the conference to Kenya and to Africa citing the importance of the event to the University’s research calendar.


The aim of the Conference is to provide delegates with an opportunity to present their research work in public health nursing, to provide a learning platform for delegates in order to promote evidence-based practice, To allow delegates time to discuss and formulate plans to implement possible changes in their countries/local health systems, to explore and challenge public health nursing professionals to increase efforts to achieve the targets of Goal 3 of the Sustainable Development Goals, to participate and represent public health nursing on international health policy groups and forums, to set up working collaborations between GNPHN and participating health partners in order to carry forth the recommendations arising from the conference.

The Conference sub-themes are Role of Public Health Nursing in the delivery of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), Human Resource for Health (HRH), Health systems, nursing engagements in labor disputes, devolved governance structures and terms of service, Technology and financing for the achievement of Goal 3 and UHC, Public Health Nursing responding to Non-communicable diseases, mental health, nutrition, trauma, emergencies and disasters, Prevention and management of risk factors for communicable diseases including HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, neglected tropical diseases, hepatitis among others, Improving reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health outcomes worldwide through innovations, skilled and affordable services, Preventing Mother to Child Transmission of HIV and other transmittable infections through evidence-based practice, Universal access to sexual and reproductive health care including FGM and GBV services for health and wellbeing of women, children and adolescents

Expiry Date: 
Mon, 2019-09-30 (All day)