Dr. Irene Inwani is a senior director at the Kenyatta National referral and teaching Hospital, Nairobi Kenya, a long standing member of the Kenyatta National Hospital-University of Nairobi Ethics and research committee and adjunct faculty for the University of Nairobi. She is trained in the area of pediatric, adolescent and maternal health, HIV/AIDS care and public health with a methodological focus on epidemiology and international health research.
Dr Inwani has over eighteen years of wide experience in the areas of, pediatric, adolescent care and treatment, HIV/AIDS, PMTCT, program implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation, and has played a significant role in development of key strategic policy documents in the area of pediatrics, adolescent and HIV/AIDS in Kenya, as well as health system strengthening for the Ministry of Health. Dr. Inwani has over 15 year experience in global health research among at-risk and vulnerable populations, including children and adolescents. She is currently in-charge of all clinical services, health care quality, research and innovation at the Kenyatta National hospital. Dr. Inwani Joined AHISA in 2019 and is a founding member of KAHISA.
Dr John Kinuthia is an Obstetrician Gynecologist and Head of Research and Programs at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH). He is an Affiliate Associate Professor, Department of Global Health, University of Washington (UW) and honorary lecturer at the University of Nairobi (UoN) Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
He is a co- director of the UW/KNH Improving the HIV Care Cascade Training Program and the Nairobi site director for the North Pacific Global Health Fellowship training Program.
Dr. Kinuthia’s research has focused on evaluation of uptake of Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) interventions, understanding incidence and cofactors of HIV incidence during pregnancy and after delivery, partner HIV testing, and utilization of HIV prevention interventions for the youth and during pregnancy. He is the site principal investigator of several UW/KNH collaborative studies evaluating strategies to optimize delivery of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in MCH clinics including integration of PrEP delivery in family planning clinics and use of mHealth interventions to optimize maternal and neonatal health.
Dr. Juddy Wachira is a lecturer at the department of Mental Health & Behavioral Science, School of Medicine, Moi University, Eldoret Kenya. She holds a Ph.D in Health Behavior from Indiana University-USA. Her research interests are focused on understanding and promoting patient-centered care in HIV care settings in Kenya.
Her research work has so far involved exploring the interpersonal and system level factors including provider-patient dynamics, peer involvement and clinic structures that influence patients’ HIV outcomes in both adolescents and adults. She has also engaged in research work beyond HIV care that includes sexual health and breast and cervical cancer. She a recipient of the Emerging Global Leader Award NIH-K43 award. Through this award she is applying a mixed methods approach to assess the feasibility and acceptability of enhanced patient care among unsuppressed patients in western Kenya. She is also a pioneer member of KAHISA.
Dr Edith Apondi Ogalo, Pediatrician Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Eldoret, Kenya. Consultant In Charge Rafiki Center for Excellence in Adolescent Health. PI and Co-Chair-KAHISA.
Dr. Cyrus Mugo, MBChB, MPH is a research scientist affiliated to Kenyatta National Hospital in Kenya. He completed his medical training at the University of Nairobi, and Global Health (MPH) at the University of Washington, where he is now a second year PhD student in Epidemiology. He has experience coordinating pediatric and adolescent HIV research across the care continuum which includes multiple clinical trials and implementation science projects in Kenya.
Dr. Mugo's current research aims to improve treatment outcomes for adolescents and young adults living with HIV, especially viral suppression and mental health. He has a keen interest in reduction and mitigation of the effects of HIV related stigma, and making mental health support and care services more accessible to this population. He is PI and site lead of two implementation science studies looking to strengthen the viral load monitoring for children and adolescents by identifying gaps in the monitoring cascade and their solutions and PI for a longitudinal study on patterns and effect of self-disclosure of HIV status by adolescents and young adults living with HIV.
Director & CEO, Impact Research and Development Organization & Nyanza Initiative for Girls Education and Empowerment.Kawango obtained concurrent PhD and MPH from the University of Washington, Seattle, then proceeded to coordinate the ground-breaking trial on medical male circumcision for HIV prevention at the Kisumu site, western Kenya.
She has conducted multiple studies on various topics, including pre-exposure prophylaxis, multipurpose technologies, HIV self-testing, optimizing HIV care outcomes among adolescents and young adults living with HIV, improving savings as a strategy to reduce spending on transactional sex and alcohol, among others. She also runs large PEPFAR-funded HIV prevention programs with key and priority populations, including adolescent girls and young women, sex workers and fishing communities, and Global Fund-supported community-based HIV, Malaria and TB prevention. She is currently setting up her site for COVID-19 drug and vaccine trials.
Dr. Irene Njuguna is a Research Scientist at Kenyatta National Hospital in Kenya and affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, Department of Global Health.
Her interests are optimizing outcomes among children and adolescents living with HIV or affected by HIV. Over the past 10 years, she has been involved in multiple clinical trials on pediatric HIV vaccines, timing of HIV treatment initiation, incentivizing pediatric HIV testing and transitioning adolescents to adult care, as well as observational studies on adolescent mortality and neurodevelopment. She recently received an NIH K43 (Emerging Global Leader award) career development award to study the school environment and strategies to improve the school experience for adolescents living with HIV.
Tabitha Kamau is trained in the field of pharmacy, Environmental Health and currently pursuing Master in Public Health (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) in Moi University.
She has seven years’ experience dealing with Anti-retroviral drugs in different Comprehensive Care Clinics and has spent the last four years in the field of health research as a research assistant and an administrator. Tabitha is currently working with Academic Model Providing Access To Health Care (AMPATH) based at Moi Teaching Referral Hospital as an administrator, KAHISA project. She has a great passion in health research.