This article is a repost from Africa Science News that was originally published on February 14, 2019 at: https://africasciencenews.org/bridging-the-gap-africas-science-landscape-and-the-african-diaspora/. Bridging the gap: Africa’s science landscape and the African diaspora As I headed home on the plane, my mind was abuzz. The engines steadily hummed in the...
Dr. Yvonne Kamau, MD, MBA
Dr. Yvonne Kamau, MD, MBA was born in Gilgil, Kenya and graduated with a joint degree in medicine and business from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She also received a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with honors and a co-major in International Studies focusing primarily on Africa and the Middle East. With a firm commitment to lending her skills towards caring for patients at the bedside, she is equally dedicated to concurrently applying an analytical, research-based angle in addressing the social issues that impede vulnerable populations from achieving good health for themselves and their families. Her research interests include sustainable healthcare solutions in low resource settings and the use of mobile technology in circumventing limited healthcare access. Her passion for discovery has led her to her current role, working with HIV positive pregnant women, their sero-exposed infants and their healthcare providers at 4 research sites across Kenya (Nakuru Provincial General Hospital, Tudor Sub-County Hospital, Kisumu County Hospital (KCH) and Kombewa District Hospital) that recently concluded a pilot study testing the implementation of newly approved point-of-care (POC) HIV testing platforms in Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) clinics with the goal of further expediting diagnosis and initiation of treatment. Her work is part of a collaborative partnership between the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), The University of Kansas School of Medicine and Global Health Innovations (GHI). She is the founder of My Afrika My Voice and serves on the Strategy Board for the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance, a network of highly educated young African entrepreneurs from leading universities across the world spearheading social and business ventures across Africa. Previously, she served as a Global Ambassador for Empowering a Billion Women by 2020 and locally served on the Board of Directors for the Douglas County AIDS project.