Two weeks ago, Sagam Community Hospital welcomed Megan Diamond and Stanley Wanjala who will be initiating a novel community-based study on brain development in children. Megan joins us from Boston, USA, where she is currently the project manager in the Global Neurology Research Group at Massachusetts General Hospital. She completed a Master of Science in epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2015. Stanley joins the research team from Pwani University, located in Kilifi, Kenya. He is currently a Research Assistant in the Department of Social Sciences. He obtained a Master of Arts in Medical Sociology at Pwani University in 2015.
As part of the study, Megan and Stanley will be utilizing an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine to assess whether properties of the eye are associated with development in young children. While the OCT has been studied in the diagnosis of eye disorders of childhood, this will be the first time it used in a low-income setting and in Africa. It is their hope that this study will provide evidence for an effective screening test for some forms of abnormal early life brain development and that it will provide valuable information about the brain in locations without regular access to more advanced diagnostic tools.
It is through collaboration with MGH and other research institutions that Sagam Community Hospital continues to demonstrate its commitment to improving quality of life at both an individual and population level.