JKUAT Don was among six awardees of the 2nd Maisha HIV/AIDS Awards organized by the National AIDS Control Council.
Prof. Kenneth Ngure, Chair, Department of Community Health, JKUAT, took home the Social Sciences Research Award that targeted an established researcher whose work has contributed to understanding socio-cultural and behavioral processes that predict or influence HIV and AIDS outcomes.
“I have undertaken HIV/AIDS research for close to 20 years with over 100 peer-reviewed research papers. It is my hope that our (HIV/AIDS researchers, programmers and advocates) efforts have made immense contributions to achieving both local and global commitments to the HIV response,” said Prof. Ngure.
Prof. Ngure, an Associate Professor of Global Health, has been conducting HIV prevention research for close to 20 years and is currently the Principal Investigator/Co-investigator of several PrEP, HIV self-testing and Dapivirine ring studies.
Prof. Ngure, who is also an affiliate Associate Professor, Department of Global Health, University of Washington has authored/co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 140 conference papers and serves in several editorial boards of international journals.
He is a member of the Expert Committee on Clinical Trials of the Pharmacy and Poisons Board, the National PrEP Technical Working Group as well as a member of the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society.
“At the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society, I represent Africa and sit in the Executive Board,” said Prof. Ngure.
With a proven track record as an effective leader in the fields of behavioral and biomedical HIV prevention, Prof Ngure also has a passion for mentoring. He has mentored and continues to mentor several doctoral and postdoctoral students both locally and internationally.
The Maisha HIV/AIDS Awards was established to recognize Kenyan researchers, programmers and advocates contributions towards the global and country HIV response.