GHIPPGlobal Health Innovation Policy Program

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Global Health Innovation Policy Program

Facing COVID-19 crisis, we are here to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. In particular it is important to address healthcare resources and policies to prepare against health emergency crisis, through building a resilient global community.
GHIPP is organizing Global Dialogue on Health Security for strengthening global partnership through sharing knowledge and lessons learned and creating a new regional community for health resilience. Having a series of online speakers' sessions, the project focuses on building collaborative Asia-US-Japan platform for knowledge & experience sharing, and discusses how to best prepare and lead dealing with future health crises.

#9 Dialogue

COVID-19 and Beyond: Kenya's Experience and Effort to Contain COVID-19

  • Speaker: Professor Miriam K. Were
    CommentatorDr. Kiyoshi KurokawaGHIPP
    Facilitator: Dr. Hiromi Murakami (GHIPP)

  • Date:June 3, 2021 16:00-17:00 JST(JST)

Prof Miriam K. Were is a Medical Doctor (University of Nairobi), and holds Masters and Doctor of Public Health degrees from Johns Hopkins University in USA. She has been Chair of Kenya’s National AIDS Control Council; Chair of the International Board of the African Medical and Research Foundation; Member of the Board of Global Health Workforce Alliance amongst others.

Internationally, she has worked as Head of Health and Nutrition in UNICEF Ethiopia (1985-1990), the Representative and Chief of Mission for the World Health Organisation in Ethiopia (1990-1993). From mid-1993-2000, she was Director of the UN Population Fund Country Support Team (UNFPA/CST) for East, Central and Anglophone West and retired at the age of 60 years in 2000.

Post-retirement, Prof Miriam K. Were has been Chair of Kenya’s National AIDS Control Council, Chair of the African Medical and Research Foundation Board (AMREF), Member of the Board of the Health Workforce Alliance, Member of the UN Secretary General’s Independent Expert Review Group (iERG) for Women’s and Children’s Health, Chancellor, Moi University, Kenya. 

Currently she is a Member of The Champions of AIDS-Free Generation in Africa mostly made up of Former African Heads of State. She is the co-Founder of UZIMA Foundation-Africa with a focus on Youth Empowerment. 

Among outstanding international honours to Prof Were are Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun with Neck Ribbon and Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize,  The Queen Elizabeth II Gold Medal for Public Health in the Commonwealth, Women Leading Change by the Global YWCA (Young Women Christian Association). 

From Kenya she has received the National Honours of Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS), for outstanding contribution to the nation and Shujaa (Hero) Award for bringing international prestige in Public Health to Kenya. She was designated Kenya’s Community Health Strategy Goodwill Ambassador since 2011. She has been given Honorary Degrees from Moi University, Kenya, Doctor of Science; Doctorate from Ochanomizu University, Japan, and Doctor of Humane Letters from DePaul University, USA.


Dr. Samoel Ashimosi Khamadi is a Senior Research Scientist currently working at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI). He has over 18 years’ experience in the field of Medical Research. He has training in Virology, Molecular Medicine, Public Health, Business Adminstration and Health Systems Management. He has been involved in Collaborative Research with The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the USA, The Walter Reed Program, The Japanese International Collaboration Agency (JICA), The Ministries of Health of Kenya and Tanzania and Local & International Universities. He also works as a part time Lecturer at the University of Nairobi and Jomo Kenyatta University where he supervised over 60 Masters and PhD students. He has published over 60 Scientific Papers in peer reviewed Journals. At KEMRI in Nairobi, he is the current Director for Centre for Virus Research.