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Africana Studies Program, Department of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies

Research Topics:

  • NTDs – Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in Kenya, Visceral and Cutaneous leishmaniasis
  • HIV – HIV/AIDS prevention, epidemiology, policy and economic evaluation
  • NCDs – STEPS survey, Kenya; HPV Vaccination in Cameroon and distribution of oncogenic HPV types in sub-Saharan Africa; HPV vaccination program Kenya
  • HS – Health Systems Development in Saharan Africa; expanding health insurance in rural Kenya

Current Research Project(s):

  • Principal Investigator. Project title: An integrated community interventional-evaluative model for neglected diseases in East Pokot, KenyaAims: To implement and evaluate community-based interventions that can help to reduce the high morbidity for visceral leishmaniasis (VL) and other NTDs. Funding: Izumi Foundation ($430,000). Period: 05/01/2014–6/30/2020
  • Co-investigator. Project Title: Strengthening Clinical Infrastructure to Manage Kala-azar Disease at Chemolingot Sub-County Hospital in East Pokot, Baringo KenyaAims: To strengthen hospital infrastructure and capacity building health workers to, for the first time, provide treatment of VL in the region. Funding: Probitas Foundation (Spain) (€100,000). Period: 07/01/2018–11/30/2020.
  • Co-Principal investigator. Project title: Magnitude and dynamics of Visceral and Cutaneous Leishmaniasis transmission in Baringo, Nyandarua and Nakuru Counties in KenyaAims: To investigate incidence and socio-ecological dynamics of visceral and cutaneous leishmaniasis in three counties in Kenya. Funding: National Research Fund (NRF) Kenya ($200,000). Period: 02/01-2018-01/31/2021.