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University of Nairobi HIV Fellowship

TREE collaborates with the University of Nairobi College Of Health Sciences through the Institute of Tropical and Infectious Disease (UNITID) in support of the UoN HIV Capacity Building Fellowship Programme.

The wellowship addresses the high demand for effective HIV program leadership and management in Kenya.

The fellowship targets mid- to senior-level public health professionals in Kenya based on their potential for leadership and commitment to the health service in the public or private sector with the expectation that graduating fellows provide leadership in HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs at community, regional and national levels.

The UNITID Fellowship is awarded in three areas of specialization: (1) HIV Science epidemiology and Program Management (2) Health Economics (3) Health Informatics.  Fellows undergo a 2-year full-time, non-degree, competency-based training program that includes professional enrichment through attachments in public and private health organizations/departments across the country, didactic, and web-based learning.  During the attachment, fellows were funded to undertake a project designed to improve the efficiency of the host organization in health service delivery or management.

TREE implemented online courses in the three areas of specialization.  As part of their coursework, fellows participated in interactive webconferences with University of Washington faculty on a weekly basis.  TREE also implemented self-paced online courses in the areas of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Leadership & Management, and Health Economics that have been successfully completed by hundreds of working professionals across Kenya.

Fellowship Objectives

  • To build capacity in application of health informatics, health economics, epidemiology and leadership  principles in management of HIV programs.
  • To impart skills in project evaluation and utilization of data in decision making.
  • To equip the fellows with Planning, implementation and monitoring  skills for  evidence-informed HIV/AIDS programs
  • To build capacity for proficiency in carrying out cost analysis of health programs.
  • To improve competency in analysis and application of current models in health sector planning and reform.
  • To equip the fellows with effective adult training, facilitation and communication skills.

Project Leadership

The project is directed by Dr. James N. Kiarie at the University of Nairobi in collaboration with Dr. Michael Chung at the University of Washington.

James N. Kiarie is an Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Nairobi (UoN) with wide ranging experience in HIV/AIDS research, program implementation and training.  He is also a consultant obstetrician gynecologist at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) and an Affiliate Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Global Health at the University of Washington.  He currently coordinates training on proposal development in UNITID.  In addition, he is the Program Director for the UoN Prevention of Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission (PMTCT) program that is funded by PEPFAR through the CDC and is the Nairobi site director for the Fogarty/Ellison International Clinical Research Training Fellowship Program (FICRS).

UW faculty collaborating on this program include:

The University of Nairobi Institute of Tropical and Infectious Disease (UNITID) Fellowship Program is made possible with support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC PS08-826).