Prof. Njeri Wamae elected as a Councilor in the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygienes (ASTMH) Global Health Committee

By Brenda Odhiambo

Prof. Njeri Wamae, Professor of Tropical Medicine, School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, has been elected to serve as a Councilor in the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene’s (ASTMH) Global Health Committee. Prof. Wamae will serve for two years in the role, starting from November 2020.

Speaking to CTW following the confirmation of her win, Prof. Wamae noted that the support from the University, as well as her colleagues was what enabled her to win the election, out of the pool of selected candidates when the polls for the role closed on August 31.

“It was a very stiff competition, as each of the candidates vying for the same position had very strong credentials, and would have undoubtedly made a difference to ASTMH’s operations. I wish to thank all my colleagues who supported my candidature even if they couldn’t cast their votes as voting was restricted to the Society’s members. The moral support and encouragement by USIU-Africa went a long way in supporting this process,” she noted.

“I look forward to working with the Society at large, and with the Global Health Committee to drive ASTMH’s vision of ensuring a world with equitable access to health and well-being for all, “she added.

Last year, ASTMH awarded Prof. Wamae with the Clara Southmayd Ludlow Medal, awarded to honorees in recognition of their inspirational and pioneering spirit, whose work represents success despite obstacles and advances in the field of tropical medicine. Early this year, the World Health Organization recognized her for her work in its Global Working Group on Monitoring and Evaluation of Preventative Chemotherapy, appointed by the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Neglected Tropical Diseases.

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