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I am Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health with specialization in Newborn Medicine. I presently hold several high-level portfolios in several institutions.  At the University of Nairobi (where I am full time employee) I am Dean, School of Medicine (and in 2017-2018 doubled up as Acting Principal, College of Health Sciences). I also support the Ministry of Health on several national committees in various areas of child health. I have remained active in the Kenya Paediatric Association where after serving as National Chairman for 11 years was retained as adviser on research projects. In the international arena I have been active in the Child Health Platform including; the World Health Organization’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) in Immunization as well as Maternal and Newborn Health. International organizations like the Partnership for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Global Vaccine Alliance (GAVI) frequently seek my services as Scientific Advisory Committee Faculty in the area of Childhood Vaccines and Immunization. I also spend energy in the area of childhood nutrition. I have, nevertheless, remained highly motivated in research where my main themes are Health Systems Research and Outcomes of High Risk Newborns.  Indeed, my Doctorate was obtained in the latter. I am presently developing proposal to evaluate the relationship between devolution of health service provision in Kenya and immunization performance. This will be towards a PHD in global health to be undertaken in the University of Geneva. I can summarize my life as that of a most committed teacher/mentor, relentless researcher/author, selfless leader and outstanding scholar with considerable international reach. I am a most versatile academic and health practitioner.

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