Dr. Mercy Nabwire has declared her intentions in running for the post of treasurer KMPDU in the forthcoming elections but who is she and what has she done so far?
Dr. Mercy has over 12 years of experience in Pharmacy. She is focused, determined, deeply committed. She is very passionate about health and human welfare. Over the period she has demonstrated her passion by actively participating in training, research, and leadership in the medical field both in Kenya and Internationally. Most of her work contribution to various fields in medicine has been on Diabetes and Cancer as well as Gynecological and Obstetric matters. She has been very instrumental in matters of Industrial Relations Practices in the Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists & Dentists Union (KMPDU). She is a qualified trainer. She is currently a pharmacist at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital Riley Mother and Baby Hospital Eldoret as well as a lecturer in the same institution. She is also a health workers’ trainer in Kakamega, Vihiga, and Uasin Gishu and The Branch Treasurer of the KMPDU.
She holds a Masters in Science Medical Pharmacology and Therapeutics and a Bachelor of Pharmacy. She is an Alumni of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Foundation, Purdue University College of Pharmacy& Butler University, Indiana as well as the Global Labour University (GLU).
In Addition, Dr. Mercy has been active in steering change through conducting research and publishing journals in various aspects of pharmacy labor including: “Assessing Reverse Culture Shock Following an International Pharmacy Practice Experience,’’ “Implementation of a pharmacist managed anticoagulation clinic in Eldoret, Kenya”,” Clinical impact and economic burden of Chemotherapy-Related Adverse Events in Breast Cancer Patients on Adjuvant Chemotherapy with Doxorubicin and Cyclophosphamide at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital Cancer Care Centre: A Cross-sectional study” among others. Additionally, she has orally presented several documents internationally including; Reskilling Emergency Obstetric Care in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Home Glucose Monitoring and Diabetes Care in Kenya at Purdue University, Pilot of Single-Use Obstetrical Emergency Medical Kits to Reduce Maternal Mortality” Poster presentation at the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics Congress 2012, Rome among others.
Dr. Mercy is part of the leadership team in Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists & Dentists Union where she has contributed immensely towards the development and implementation of the union’s strategic plan and championing for the public healthcare system to focus on providing health services as a right to all Kenyans.
While announcing her candidature, Dr Mercy informed all and sundry thus..
‘’It has been my pleasure to serve you in the capacity of the Branch Treasurer, North Rift for the just concluding period of leadership in KMPDU. I also was privileged to serve in NAC and other committees in the union. My exposure has helped me to steadily learn and lead with equal measure.At this point I would like to make my desires known to you: I would like to ask for your support and vote to become the National KMPDU Treasurer in this forthcoming leadership season.Dr Mercy said.
But What is in basket and vision?
The following will be my key points of focus as I serve doctors and the union movement for the greater good of the society
- 1.Controls and Systems
I would like to establish and entrench financial controls and best practices in our union. This is to enhance financial accountability of all the offices, financial reporting and prudent utilization of the scarce union resources at all times.
(2) Resource Mobilization:
The Union has scarce resources in all aspects and so many pressing needs that need to be addressed. I will be focusing on how to develop and maintain functional partnerships locally and globally in order to tap into resources available outside our KMPDU. This is something I have experience in and have done it on a smaller scale so far for both the branch and the national KMPDU levels
(3) Affirmative Action and Advocacy:
The union exists in the society where the call for inclusivity and involvement for the _youth_, _women_ and _people_ _with_ _disability_ including all other minority and/or vulnerable groups is needed constantly. We cannot ignore this type of action in KMPDU. I will definitely become the champion, voice, and advocate of these groups in our organization. This is critical in developing an all-inclusive KMPDU for now and the future.
(4) Research and Policy:
The union needs to be a voice on matters of labor policy and other policies in the health sector. Our members need a platform to shine and be known locally and internationally for the many things they have been doing and continue to do. I hope to create space within the union for members to do research, develop materials, and have publications of greater use in Kenya and the world. The key deliverables will be Studies, Publications, and productions of periodicals.
(5) Capacity Development
I will champion the union’s focus on development of individual members through training, membership empowerment programs and other capacity development techniques that will solidify the knowledge, involvement and engagement of union members in the matters of the union and for self-growth to each member.
The season is going to be politically charged and when leaders are doing campaigns, sometimes we may forget the key things that we focus on. I request that we choose leaders who actually steer our union to the next level for all positions at both branch and national level.
I am looking forward to fruitful engagement even as we wisely choose leaders in this season. I am counting on your personal support and vote. Let me hear from you on what you would like me to take note of as I prepare for this service role.
Dr. Mercy Nabwire
Aspiring National. Treasurer.
Dr Mercy is looking forward to serving in the a aforementioned capacity.