Confirmed Keynote Speaker, Kenya 2019
Prof. Miriam K Were
Prof Miriam K. Were qualified as Medical doctor from the University of Nairobi and subsequently received both the Masters and Doctor of Public Health degrees from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in USA. She has worked as a Medical Officer for Kenya’s Ministry of Health; teaching in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Nairobi; UNICEF Chief of Health and Nutrition and then WHO Country Representative in Ethiopia; Director in UNFPA for East, Central and Anglophone West Africa from which she retired in 2000. Following retirement, she has held many key positions including Chairperson of Kenya’s National AIDS Control Council, Chair of the AMREF International Board, Member of the Board of the Health Workforce Alliance and Chancellor of Moi University.
Prof Were’s focus has been on Community Health Services both in research and services with evidence-backed advocacy on the need to establish, support and maintain Community Health Services as the most cost effective way to provide accessible good quality health services especially in Africa. In Africa live in communities burdened and bogged down with preventable communicable and life style diseases resulting in poor productivity. Fortunately, this situation has changed for the better in countries with successful Community Health Services. Effective Community Health Workers are a key feature for bringing this success about.
Recognition for her outstanding contributions has earned her many honours including UNICEF’s Maurice Pate Award for innovative approaches to Primary Health Care, 1978; Kenya’s Elder of the Burning Spear for outstanding contribution to the nation,2005; Queen Elizabeth II Gold Medal for Public Health in the Commonwealth, 2007; 1st recipient of the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for Medical Services by Japan, 2008 and designated Kenya’s Community Health Strategy Goodwill Ambassador, a title she holds to date.